Day of the Dead Celebration in Southwest Detroit

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, which includes displays and activities on select days in October – though prominent days are Nov. 1-2, 2016. 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 2016, many local restaurants, churches, community centers and shops carry on the tradition of building and hosting their own private altars. A few can be viewed as early as Oct. 17, and more will be on display in the following days. Some will be up all the way through Nov. 12.

A traditional procession takes place at Clark Park 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Oct. 30, and artist workshops are dispersed throughout the community on various dates. Some locations will also be offering kid-friendly activities, like music, food, storytelling and more 4-7 p.m. Oct. 30 at Grace in Action.

The main days of the celebration, Nov. 1-2, 2016, offer workshops, musical performances, special treats and more from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. each day. Take a self-guided tour of all the great ofrendas.

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Keep an eye on the website, where closer to the event you can find a list of participating destinations and opportune time frames and dates to visit their ofrendas on Southwest Detroit’s website, listed under Day of the Dead.

The celebration is free to the public. Come check out the ofrendas and local restaurants!

Get the whole family out to Mexicantown for the 2016 Day of the Dead celebration to honor those who have passed with this tradition.