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Day of the Dead in Washington, DC

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Day of the Dead in Washington, DC
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Day of the Dead / Los Días de los Muertos is a Mexican custom honoring and remembering those who have died. The celebration begins on midnight on October 31, the night of Halloween in the U.S. The following events will be celebrated in honor of the Day of the Dead in the Washington, DC area:

Day of the Dead Family Festival
National Museum of the American Indian

October 26–27, 2013, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 4th St. and Independence Ave., SW. Washington, DC. The family friendly event will feature hands-on activities for adults and children, take-home crafts, demonstrations and performances. Throughout the weekend, visitors can visit and observe four ofrendas on display and learn the history and art of making paper-mache calavera or skull sculptures. Cooking demonstrations will be held in the outdoor fire pit, weather permitting, of Day of the Dead foods, including mole and tortillas. Performances include the Dance of the Jaguars (La Danza de los Tecuanes) by the dynamic dance group Los Tecuanes.

Day of the Dead Family Day
Smithsonian American Art Museum
November 2, 2013, 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Explore the museum's new exhibition, Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art, and celebrate the Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos). Enjoy performances throughout the day and various craft activities.

Day of the Day Event
VisArts at Rockville
November 1, 2013, 9 p.m. – Midnight. 155 Gibbs Street, Rockville, MD. VisArts presents creative classes all themed around iconic Day of the Dead images. The Costume and Dance Party will feature live music by Wicked Jezebel and Gina DeSimone and the Moaners. 


Smithsonian Day of the Dead (Virtual)
The website features activities that celebrate this popular Latin American holiday. This year’s Día de los Muertos festival will feature ofrendas to late Mexican singer Chavela Vargas, actress Lupe Ontiveros and artist Carlos Alonzo. Visitors will have the opportunity to tweet messages and offerings during the ceremony, which will be delivered in the Nagual language.

Mexican Restaurants in the Washington DC Area
Local restaurants celebrate Day of the Dead with food and drink specials.

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