Shake off the spookiness of Halloween horror and honor the lives of the departed this Dia de los Muertos (an annual celebration that originated in Mexico and commemorates the dead with lively festivities) with the neighborhood-wide Day of the Dead celebration in Mexicantown, the week of Oct. 26, 2015 – though prominent days are Nov. 1-2. Admire the ofrendas on display and indulge in the favorite eats and beverages of the deceased.
“The focus of the holiday is to gather together family and friends to remember and pray for those who have passed away,” reads a SDBA press release. “The celebration occurs in the first days of November of each year, and coincides with the Catholic Holidays of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day. Traditions include building private altars, or ofrendas, honoring the deceased, using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed – and visiting the graves of the loved ones with these as gifts.”
In 2015, many local restaurants, churches, community centers and shops carry on the tradition of building and hosting their own private altars. A traditional procession takes place at Clark Park, and artist workshops are dispersed throughout the community. You can find a list of participating destinations and opportune time frames to visit their ofrendas on Southwest Detroit’s website, starting Oct. 26, under Day of the Dead.
Then on Saturday, Nov. 7, partake in the Run of the Dead 5K/10K. Limited registration begins at 7 a.m. and the race starts at promptly 9 a.m., rain or shine. Participants will begin at Patton Park, then pass “gravestones, headstones, mausoleums and other burial sites” as the routes take them through Holy Cross and Woodmere cemeteries. Competitors are encouraged to wear traditional Dia de los Muertos attire and face paint, reads a SDBA press release.
The celebration is free to the public, but Run of the Dead online registration is already open online and ends at midnight, Oct. 28. Tickets for the 5K and 10K races are $25 and $30, respectively. An additional $5 fee is applied to tickets bought the day of the run at the park.
Get the whole family out to Mexicantown to honor those who have passed with this tradition.