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Cheekwood’s 17th Annual
Fall Festival
Saturday, October 29, 2016
10 AM – 5 PM

ADMISSION  I  Adults $14  I  Children 17 and Under FREE
Cheekwood Members FREE
Parking $3 per car

The festivals of Mexico and Latin America are world renowned for their colorful decorations, energetic music, and cultural significance. El Día de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead, is no exception! The holiday is one of the most important celebrations in Latin America and demonstrates the culture’s strong sense of love and respect for one’s ancestors while celebrating the continuance of life. Join in the festivities and learn more about this unique holiday as you tour the altars, shop in the marketplace, explore traditional arts and crafts, and enjoy live music and dance.

I  Take part in the Mexican art of paper cutting. 
MOLD-A-SKULL  I   Learn the importance of the skull as a symbol of the holiday and mold your own out of clay.
PAPER MARIGOLDS  I  Make a colorful marigold, the traditional flower of the holiday.  
MEMORY TREE   I   Add your thoughts to the colorful tree of memories.  
CALAVERAS MASKS  I  Make a colorful skeleton mask to wear during the festival.
DANCING CALACAS PUPPETS  I  Make your own skeleton move and celebrate with this dancing and music-inspired craft!
SUGAR SKULLS  I  A Día de los Muertos tradition! Decorate a sugar skull to honor your ancestors.
POSADA PRINTS  I  Be inspired by legendary Mexican printmaker Jose Posada. Draw and print your own design!

Colorful open air markets line the streets of Latin America during the celebration. Local merchants sell food, flowers, art, and handmade items which people buy to decorate their altars and tombs. Visit the vendors at the festival to discover the talent of local artists, shop for unique gift items, and taste traditional foods!

What is tapete? Tapete is the Spanish word for carpet. Usually made with colored sand, these “carpets” are a tradition for Día de los Muertos because, like life, they are temporary. At Cheekwood, participants will use a similar temporary medium, chalk, to create the large-scale colorful murals to honor the deceased. Experience the brilliance of these custom designs before they wash away!  

One of the most important aspects of the Days of the Dead is the creation of a memorial altar for the departed, known as an ofrenda. All across Mexico and beyond, families honor their ancestors by creating altars decorated with items that the deceased enjoyed in life. Learn more about this tradition as you tour the creative ofrendas designed by local groups and organizations




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