So you've put away your Elmo costume, and you're coming down off your candy-corn-fueled sugar high, and you're asking yourself, "Why exactly do we go door to door in silly outfits, demanding that outright strangers give us vast quantities of candy?" If you're looking for a macabre holiday with a little more meaning and a lot more fun than Halloween, you're in luck. Today is El Día de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead, the Mexican holiday honoring the dearly departed and the festivities are electrifying enough to wake the dead.
The Chicano Humanities and Arts Council, at 772 Santa Fe Drive, begins its month-long Día de los Muertos celebration tonight with an exhibit of traditional artwork and home altars, a performance by Aztec dancers, traditional pan de muertos (sweet "bread of the dead") and Mexican hot chocolate. The fete continues tomorrow with a Día de los Muertos craft-making class and storytelling session at 11 a.m. at the Denver Inner City Parish, 910 Galapago Street, followed by a Día de los Muertos procession leaving from the parish at 2 p.m. and winding its way back to CHAC. After all that, Halloween will just seem so three days ago. Admission to tonight's reception is $10 for non-CHAC members; for more information, go to www.chacweb.org or call 303-571-0440.
Fri., Nov. 2, 6-10 p.m., 2007
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