Princeton’s Day of the Dead festival returns November 5

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originally published: 26/10/2022

(PRINCETON, NJ) — The Princeton Arts Council (ACP) continues its decades-long tradition of celebrating Dia de los Muertosor Day of the Dead, with a free outdoor community festival on Saturday, November 5 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Dia de los Muertos is seen in Mexico and around the world at this time of year, when family and friends come together to remember and honor those who have gone before us. The Day of the Dead is not a solemn occasion, but a joyous celebratory holiday.

The Arts Council connects the traditions of this culturally rich celebration to the Princeton community by building an altar dedicated to loved ones, making sugar skulls and decorating with Celosia and Cempasuchil flowers.

This family-friendly festival will also highlight the folk dance of El Grupo De Danza Folklorica La Sagrada Familia, the music of Mariachi Oro from Mexico City and the cuisine of El Sabor Oaxaqueño. Mexican folk art will inspire hands-on activities for children to introduce Day of the Dead themes, such as monarch butterflies, La Catrina and Nichos.

“The Princeton Arts Council is honored to have hosted our community’s Día de los Muertos celebrations for over 20 years,” shares Maria Evans, Artistic Director of the CAP. “This year is very special: we have six large custom painted skulls created by local artists on display in our parking lot as a pop-up public art installation. We couldn’t put on this beautiful and meaningful event without the help of the Torres-Olivares family who each year make hundreds of sugar skulls, design and build our altar, and help plan the event.We look forward to seeing you for this beautiful and meaningful celebration.

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This community program is generously supported by Penn Medicine Princeton Health and the Latin American Studies Program at Princeton University.

Princeton Arts Council is located at 102 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, NJ. Free and open to all. A a non-profit organization founded in 1967, the Council fulfills its mission to build community through the arts by presenting a wide range of programs, including public art projects, exhibitions, performances, free community cultural events and studio classes and workshops. Princeton Arts Council programs are designed to be high quality, engaging, affordable, and accessible to the diverse population of the greater Princeton area.

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