Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Day of the Dead Celebration

Jesse Ortiz, lead dancer for Danza Azteka Quezalcoatl, will perform at the Day of the Dead celebration Saturday, November 10 at the Nevada State Museum in Carson City.
The Nevada State Museum in Carson City will celebrate Dia de los Muertos from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 10. Also known as Day of the Dead, Dia de los Muertos is a multicultural celebration of life, through death, for entire families.

The museum’s eighth annual observance will feature ofrendas, video, crafts, songs, dance, and special exhibits. Dance will be by colorful, folkloric groups. Crafts include creation of sugar skulls that honor the deceased loved ones. Ofrendas are displays by families that include memorabilia from the departed person, with samples of favorite foods, symbols, and remembrances of things people loved. Pan de Muerto is a traditional bread associated with the celebration.

Jesse Ortiz will present aspects of Latino cultural heritage through dance in two 45-minute Aztec performances at 1 and 3 p.m. The Sacramento dance group Danza Azteka Quetzalcoatl features about a dozen dancers, age four through adult, Ortiz says.

The Nevada State Museum is located at 600 North Carson Street. Admission is $8 adults, and free for museum members and children 17 and younger. For more information, contact dstevenson@nevadaculture.org or 775-687-4810 ext. 237 or visit nevadaculture.org.

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