Día de Muertos / Day of the Dead

2021 Día de Muertos Celebration

The Waukegan Park District and Sugar Skulls Xilotl (formerly Academia Cultural Xilotl) are partnering to celebrate Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) with Sugar Skull Workshops and a community celebration. With origins in Mexico and celebrated throughout Latin America, Día de Muertos is a celebration of the lives of the deceased. Families create ofrendas (offerings) to honor their family members that have passed away. These altars are decorated with bright flowers, calaveras (skulls), photos, foods, drinks, and items to honor the departed loved ones. Día de Muertos is not the “Mexican Halloween” like it is sometimes mistaken to be because of the timing of the year.

Three Sugar Skull Workshops will be facilitated by Maria Calderon of Sugar Skulls Xilotl on Saturday, October 2; Saturday, October 9; and Saturday, October 16 from 10am to 12pm at the Jack Benny Center for the Arts, located at 39 Jack Benny Drive. Pre-registration is required to participate in the Sugar Skull Workshops.

Sugar Skulls are by far the most popular symbol of Mexico’s most famous holiday, “Dia de los Muertos or “Day of the Dead”. Come and decorate your very own Sugar Skull for Day of the Dead! All ages welcome! Children under 12 years must be accompanied by an adult. All material is provided. Calaveritas de azúcar son el símbolo más popular de la fiesta mas famosa de México, “Dia de los Muertos”. Venga y decore su propia Calaverita de Azúcar para el Dia de los Muertos! Todas las edades son bienvenidos! Menores de 12 años tienen que estar acompañados de un adulto. Todo el material esta disponible.

Date: Saturday, October 2, 2021
Time: 10am to 12pm
Location: Jack Benny Center for the Arts
Fee: Free
Registration: Click Here (Space is limited, preregistration is required.)

Sugar Skulls are by far the most popular symbol of Mexico’s most famous holiday, “Dia de los Muertos or “Day of the Dead”. Come and decorate your very own Sugar Skull for Day of the Dead! All ages welcome! Children under 12 years must be accompanied by an adult. All material is provided. Calaveritas de azúcar son el símbolo más popular de la fiesta mas famosa de México, “Dia de los Muertos”. Venga y decore su propia Calaverita de Azúcar para el Dia de los Muertos! Todas las edades son bienvenidos! Menores de 12 años tienen que estar acompañados de un adulto. Todo el material esta disponible.

Date: Saturday, October 9, 2021
Time: 10am to 12pm
Location: Jack Benny Center for the Arts
Fee: Free
Registration: Click Here (Space is limited, preregistration is required.)

Sugar Skulls are by far the most popular symbol of Mexico’s most famous holiday, “Dia de los Muertos or “Day of the Dead”. Come and decorate your very own Sugar Skull for Day of the Dead! All ages welcome! Children under 12 years must be accompanied by an adult. All material is provided. Calaveritas de azúcar son el símbolo más popular de la fiesta mas famosa de México, “Dia de los Muertos”. Venga y decore su propia Calaverita de Azúcar para el Dia de los Muertos! Todas las edades son bienvenidos! Menores de 12 años tienen que estar acompañados de un adulto. Todo el material esta disponible.

Date: Saturday, October 16, 2021
Time: 10am to 12pm
Location: Jack Benny Center for the Arts
Fee: Free
Registration: Click Here (Space is limited, preregistration is required.)

The commemoration of Día de Muertos will culminate with a free community celebration on Saturday, October 23 from 12pm to 5pm at the Jack Benny Center for the Arts and Jane Addams Center in Bowen Park, located at 1800 N. Sheridan Road. The event will feature altar exhibits, art vendors, food, music, dance presentations, and sugar skull workshops.

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Skulls

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