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Published October 8th 2019
Celebrating the circle of life
Photo courtesy Day of the Dead Fiesta facebook page
Okay. So you have dressed up, given out sweets and collected some for yourself during trick or treat and been a part of the spookiness and kookiness of Halloween. Now it's time to celebrate the Day of the Dead.
What is the Day of the Dead?
The Day of the Dead is a tradition which acknowledges the circle of life and celebrates and remembers loved ones who have passed away.
The event has its roots in Mesoamerican culture and is colourful and life-affirming. It is believed to have originated several thousand years ago with the Aztec, Toltec, and other Nahua people, who considered mourning the dead disrespectful. For these pre-Hispanic cultures, death was a natural phase in life's long continuum.
Day of the Dead features colourful calaveras (skulls) and calacas (skeletons). They come to represent that humans are all skeletons." Underneath all our manmade trappings, we are all the same.
Now you can commemorate the Day of the Dead in Brisbane with a range of colourful activities happening across the city.
- Riverland's Day of the Dead on Saturday 3rd November 2019 will feature mariachi bands and dancers, tequila on tap in Tromba infused cocktails, Mexican inspired street food, face painting, pinata bashing and endless Corona buckets.
- Day of the Dead Fiesta at The Triffid on Saturday, 19 October, 8:00 pm – Sun, 20 October, 2:00 am at 7/9 Stratton Street, Newstead.
- Dia de los Muertos on 1 November 2019 at the Macondo Café, 555 Tarragindi Road Salisbury from 6:00pm-10pm.
- Day of the Dead with Garage project on 2 November 2019 at the Brewski Bar, 22 Caxton Street from 12:00 noon until 11:59 pm.
So celebrate life and embrace the Day of the Dead festivities.