Celebrate Mexico’s most time-honored celebration, Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) here in Sedona. This family-friendly festival, now in its eighth year Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village, takes place November 3, 2018, from 4:00 – 8:00pm. Be prepared for an unforgettable South of the Border cultural experience with traditional foods and a fabulous entertainment line-up.
To dive deep into this cultural tradition of remembering loved ones who have passed, consider participating in its kick-off event, the Marigold Mural Project. Everyone is welcome to honor and paint remembrances in words and symbols of loved ones on a 26 x 6-foot mural. The Marigold Mural Project begins on Tuesday, October 30, and concludes the night of the Day of the Dead event, Saturday, November 3. Participants can paint daily from 11:00am – 5:00pm in Calle Independencia.
“Every year the mural fills up faster than the year before as more folks hear about it,” remarks the artist Lovejoy (http://lovejoycreations.com), the project’s onsite creative director, who sets up participants with paints and brushes. “I so look forward to Marigold every year. Watching how respectfully and lovingly people paint their special heart-felt messages to honor loved ones is truly humbling.”
A range of emotions from somber to grateful to joyful is expressed when people contemplate how to remember someone who has been dear to them. “Besides remembering our human family and friends, the mural is a fitting place to honor our cherished family pets no longer with us,” suggests Wendy Lippman, general manager and resident partner of Tlaquepaque and founder of the Marigold Mural Project. “And it can be very healing, especially for little ones who miss their pets.”
Folks are asked to kindly refrain from painting over Lovejoy’s creation and to paint their words and symbols in small areas so that others have space to paint too. Murals from years past will be on display during the main event on November 3 as well.
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