The Waukegan Park District and 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 American, 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 Academia Cultural 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.
The commeration 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.