Shake your bones! Join us in a celebration of life and death. Explore the historical and cultural significance of Day of the Dead traditions.
¡A mover el esqueleto! Acompáñenos en una celebración a la vida y la muerte. Explore el significado histórico y cultural de las tradiciones del día de los muertos.
Family Day Activity Guide / Giveaway (for students grades K-12)
Join LA Plaza’s Education Team for hands-on art and culinary workshops throughout the day.
Students (Grades K-12) can pick up an activity guide at the welcome table and collect a stamp at each workshop area. Collect all 3 stamps and redeem for a special Día de los Muertos giveaway!
1. Almas Monarcas: Art Workshop
¡A volar! Did you know that the monarch butterfly makes an annual journey throughout North American that ends in Mexico during Day of the Dead festivities? Monarch butterflies are believed to represent the souls of loved ones who have passed. Learn about the monarch butterfly and its cultural significance while making a floating butterfly to decorate your altar.
2. Cempasúchil Organic Collage: LA Troka Workshop
Stop and smell the cempasúchil! The marigold flower is known for its vibrant color and strong aroma. These characteristics attract and guide the spirits of our ancestors to their altars. Join us as we learn about the origin story of cempasúchil and its present-day importance for Día de los Muertos. Create a collage using dried flowers to dedicate to a loved one.
3. Food Memories: Culinary Arts Workshop
How do aromas spark special memories? Examine special food ingredients in a sensory exploration activity that will inspire you to remember your ancestors and special moments. Explore ingredients such as edible flowers, oregano, cinnamon, cilantro, mint, rude, cloves, and lavender. Take a moment to let these ingredients spark your memory!
1pm – Neiya Arts is a contemporary folklorico dance group based out of Carson, CA that preserves and diffuses Mexican culture and traditions.
2pm – Grupo Foklorico Princesa Donaji de Oaxaca is an organization in Los Angeles, CA that enhances the beauty of Oaxaca’s traditional dances.
3pm – Conjunto Jardin is the only son jarocho group led by women – sisters Libby and Cindy Harding. Their vocal harmonies, riding atop hard-charging jaranas, driving cajón-and-bass rhythm section and sparkling harp-like keyboards, focus a fresh, modern sound.
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