National Museum of Mexican Art Day of the Dead Chicago celebration.
When: Saturday, October 30, 2021 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Where: National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th street, 312-738-1503, The NMMA is always free.
Each year over 10,000 visitors attend this event making it the largest Day of the Dead celebration in the U.S. This year the museum will celebrate again with a festival of light and projection that will transform the National Museum of Mexican Art’s exterior, bringing it to life.
Guests will enjoy face painting, art activities, ofrenda (altar) demonstrations, live musical performances, and Pan de Muerto (traditional Day of the Dead Bread).
About Dia de los Muertos per National Geographic:
Dia de los Muertos—the Day of the Dead—is a holiday celebrated on November 1. Although marked throughout Latin America, Dia de los Muertos is most strongly associated with Mexico, where the tradition originated.
Dia de los Muertos honors the dead with festivals and celebrations, a Latin American custom that combines indigenous Aztec ritual with Catholicism, brought to the region by Spanish conquistadores. (Dia de los Muertos is celebrated on All Saints Day and All Souls Day, minor holidays in the Catholic calendar.)
Assured that the dead would be insulted by mourning or sadness, Dia de los Muertos celebrates the lives of the deceased with food, drink, parties, and activities the dead enjoyed in life.
Dia de los Muertos recognizes death as a natural part of the human experience, a continuum with birth, childhood, and growing up to become a contributing member of the community.
On Dia de los Muertos, the dead are also a part of the community, awakened from their eternal sleep to share celebrations with their loved ones.
The most familiar symbol of Dia de los Muertos may be the calacas and calaveras (skeletons and skulls), which appear everywhere including: in sweets, parade masks, dolls. Calacas and calaveras are almost always portrayed as enjoying life, often in fancy clothes and entertaining situations.