The Memphis Day of the Dead Committee is hosting its 9th Day of the Dead celebration on November 1 at El Mercadito de Memphis, 3766 Ridgeway Road, from 1 pm – 7 pm. Day of the Dead or Día de los Muertos is a traditional Mexican holiday dedicated to celebrating deceased friends and family.
This event will preserve, strengthen, and demonstrate the cultural heritage of the Latino community in Memphis. With a culturally diverse team, the committee shows how culture is not blocked by borders and can expand to anyone. So all are welcome to attend the Día de los Muertos event for free.
With cultural music, dance, and artwork, you can be exposed to the traditions of Dia de los Muertos. You can even take pictures of Catrinas (skeleton figures based on José Luis Posada’s depiction of death) during the event and they will pose and put on a show for you. The colorful celebration will include Flor de Cempasuchi also known as Marigold. These flowers are the traditional flower of the deceased and will add vibrant colors and wonderful smells.
“It is the traditional flower of the deceased, they honor the departed soul. Since its color is yellow and/or orange, it is said to represent the strength of the sunlight and the duality of life and death. Its petals are used to mark the paths for the souls of our ancestors and deceased loved ones, so that they can find the offerings in the altar.”
– Maricela Rodriguez-Lou, organized the planting, harvesting, and preserving of the flowers for Día de los Muertos
Events start at 1:30 pm and last throughout the afternoon. Check out the schedule below!
- 1:30pm – Opening of the festivities
- 1:40pm – Country music artist Reed Tourchi
- 2:10pm – Punk Rock band Psychosis
- 2:50pm – Ballet Folklorico of Nashville
- 3:30 pm – Chinelos, traditional dancing from the state of Morelos
- 4 pm – Danza Azteca Quetzalcoatl, Aztec dancers
- 4:55 pm – Idolos de Oaxaca, traditional music
- 5:50 pm – Las Palomas, female mariachi band
- 6:20pm – Banda la Conkistadora, Norteño music
- 7:05 pm – Closing ceremony