Posts tagged "Day of the Dead"

Day of the Dead brings families together in Pilsen

Day of the Dead brings families together in Pilsen
It almost felt like being in a cemetery in Mexico. More than 75 families built ofrendas, or shrines, in memory of their loved ones outside the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood Sunday. El Día de los Muertos,  or the Day of the Dead, celebrated on November 1 and 2, is a... Read more »

How to make a Day of the Dead altar

How to make a Day of the Dead altar
In Mexico, parts of Central America and the U.S., Día de los Muertos or Day of the Dead is time to remember those we have lost. There are vigils in cemeteries where graves are cleaned and decorated with cempasúchil, a type of marigold. Many families also build ofrendas (offerings) or altars in their homes or... Read more »

Carrera de Muertos: Race of the Dead

More than 4,000 people came out for the annual Carrera de Muertos or 5K Race of the Dead in Pilsen. What makes this 5K different is that many of the runners dress up as muertos, or the dead. They paint or wear calaveras, skull faces, a symbol celebrated on Nov. 1 and 2 for Día... Read more »
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Chicanísima Cultural Calendar: Hispanic Heritage Month

Chicanísima Cultural Calendar: Hispanic Heritage Month
There are many Latino events in Chicago this month as Sept. 15 marks the start of Hispanic Heritage Month. On Friday, Sept. 6, a concert in Pilsen, “Rise Up, Tear Down,” is being organized by Moratorium on Deportations Campaign (MDC). It features Shining Soul, a band from Arizona that plays music about the U.S.-Mexico border... Read more »

Remembering the dead in Mexico

I was in Michoacan, Mexico for Day of the Dead celebrations this week. You can read an article I wrote for The Daily Beast. I also want to share this slideshow of my photographs from Patzcuaro, Tzintzuntzán and Janitizio where Day of the Dead is festively celebrated in the cemeteries and on the streets. In Mexico,... Read more »

Día de los Muertos slideshow

Día de los Muertos slideshow
Día de los Muertos isn’t a time to mourn. But in Mexico more than 40,000 people have been killed since President Felipe Calderon took office in 2006 and launched a war against the drug cartels. All who have died for whatever reason are remembered and even celebrated on November 1 and 2, All Saints’ Day... Read more »
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A Grinch stole computers from Pilsen arts program; help with a Christmas donation

Photo from Pros Arts Studio of former computer lab. A Grinch stole 14 computers from a community arts program in the Pilsen neighborhood last weekend. Now Pros Arts Studios,  a nonprofit that has helped thousands of youth and families in Chicago since 1978, is raising funds so they can purchase new equipment and software. “There... Read more »

Finding faith on Day of the Dead

Photo by Mark Butkus Once I drove through Michoacan, Mexico, where night vigils in the cemeteries lit up the town. I took the road around Lake Patzcuaro stopping where flowers and candles decorated the graves. In one home, a life-size altar had been built and family members greeted neighbors and strangers alike with food and... Read more »