Visit Mexicantown for El Día de los Muertos!

Exciting SOC Tarea Opportunity – Visit Mexicantown for

El Día de los Muertos!

6a00d8341cc08553ef0133f57ef8a2970b-800wiGet a head start on your 2nd Quarter SOC Tarea by visiting Mexicantown during their Día de los Muertos celebration! Every year, different businesses and restaurants honor the deceased by setting out altars (ofrendas) and decorating their storefronts. The town has various times you can visit, some after school and some on the weekend until Tuesday, Nov. 5th. You can go and view the altars/offerings (ofrendas), window art, the Mexicantown Fiesta Center, and more! In order to get 10 points of SOC Tarea, you must take pictures of yourself next to at least 5 altars (ofrendas) and next to at least 2 pieces of window art. You must list who the altars are honoring. This can go in a Word document, Powerpoint, Prezi, etc. Please also bring in any other handouts/fliers that you get down there.

  • See the article below for more details.
  • Visit Savor Southwest’s Detroit Website to click on the “Day of the Dead 2013” link to view a PDF and map of where all the ofrendas and window art will be:

Make an event of it and you can have a conversation with a native speaker for 15 points and/or go to one of the restaurants and order one of the listed foods for 10 points! You could get all of your 2nd Quarter SOC Tarea done in one visit!

(Note – if you want to use this for this 1st Quarter, you must visit Mexicantown Wed, Oct 30 or Thurs, 0ct 31, since all SOC Tarea is due by Friday, Nov. 1st. If you visit this weekend or early next week, it will go towards 2nd Quarter only.)

Day of the Dead Celebration in Southwest Detroit

There’s no better place to celebrate Dia de los Muertos than in Mexicantown. See ofrendas Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2013, and join in a 5K/10K run Saturday.

Kim Kovelle

This time of year, Halloween presents plenty of frightening images focused on, well, dead (and even “undead”) creatures. But in reality, while death can be sad, it doesn’t have to be scary – or even taboo. That’s what fuels the traditional Day of the Dead – aka Dia de los Muertos – honored in early November each year in Mexico (it coincides with the Catholic holidays of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day). And, here at home, it’s being celebrated in Southwest Detroit from Thursday, Oct. 31 through Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013.

On all three days, you can explore the ofrendas on display throughout the Mexicantown area. These private altars honor deceased relatives and friends. They’re decorated with sugar skulls, bright marigold flowers and favorite foods and beverages of the deceased person.

In 2013, there are 17 ofrendas to discover at area restaurants, community centers, churches and stores. Watch for altars honoring heroes of the Mexican Revolution, local neighborhood residents – even one for famous aviator (and native Detroiter) Charles A. Lindbergh. On its website, Southwest Detroit Business Association offers a brochure with locations and hours for each ofrenda, so you can create your own (roughly) one-hour walking tour.

Speaking of getting moving: On Saturday, be sure to take part in the annual Run of the Dead at Patton Park Recreation Center. It takes off at 9 a.m. (show up early between 7 and 8 a.m. the day of the event to register in person). The 5K/10K run, which is open to adults and kids, takes participants through two historic cemeteries and features entertainment like guitarists, stilt walkers, singers and a Danza de la Muerte (Dance of Death) by the Living Arts Youth Ensemble. Runners also vie for prizes by age group and get swag bag. The event wraps up by noon.

Looking for a good sampling of the holiday all in one spot? The Mexicantown Fiesta Center hosts seven altar exhibits, lectures, a short film and outdoor “cemetery.” It will have hours between Wednesday, Oct. 30 and Tuesday, Nov. 5. During the main Saturday festivities, it’s open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. The entry cost here is $2/adults and $1/students.

Note that while there are also a variety of workshops offered each year, as of the week of the event, nearly all are full/sold out.

For more information on the Day of the Dead 2013 activities in Southwest Detroit, check out the Metro Parent listing.


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