Saturday, November 2, 2013

Mexican Day of the Dead Celebrations in Vancouver 2013 - Celebraciones de Día de Muertos en Vancouver 2013

Mexican Day of the Dead Celebrations in Vancouver 2013

Celebraciones de Día de Muertos en Vancouver 2013

El jarabe en ultratumba - The Folk Dance Beyond the Grave - Jose Guadalupe Posada
Mexican Day of the Dead Celebrations in Vancouver 2013

Mexican Day of the Dead

The indigenous festivity dedicated to the dead was inscribed in 2008 (3.COM) on UNESCO's Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity (originally proclaimed in the 2003). On its identification UNESCO describes that:

 "As practised by the indigenous communities of Mexico, el Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) commemorates the transitory return to Earth of deceased relatives and loved ones. The festivities take place each year at the end of October to the beginning of November. This period also marks the completion of the annual cycle of cultivation of maize, the country’s predominant food crop." Read the full "Indigenous festivity dedicated to the dead" document by UNESCO  Here.


Mexican Day of the Dead Celebrations in Vancouver

Mexican Day of the Dead in Vancouver includes setting of altars and celebrations in museums and other venues, as well as some Mexican Restaurants includes a special menu for this occasion :

Museum of Anthropology: Day of the Dead  Celebration

Mexican Day of the Dead Celebration - Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver, BC

Mexican Day of the Dead Celebration - Museum of Anthropology 
Dia de Los Muertos: Day of the Dead Celebration at MOA of the University of British Columbia
Date: Sat November 2,2013
Hours: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Cost: This event is free with Museum admission.
Where: Haida House - Museum Of Anthropology 6393 N.W. Marine Drive Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1Z2
Ofrendas erected by local Mexican community members. Music by Mariachi del Sol, storytellers, stilt walkers. 
Chef Rossana Ascencio will speak to the importance of food in Day of the Dead celebrations, and Mexican hot chocolate and the traditional pan de muerto will be available for sampling. 

For more information visit: MOA Day of the Dead Celebration
"Pan de Muerto" Day of the Dead bread by Chef Rossana Ascencio

VanMusic Day of the Dead  Celebration

 with Los Furios Band at The B-Ex

Day of the Dead Celebration organized by VanMusic with Live Music performing Los Furios at The B-Ex
Date: Friday November 1st, 2013
Hours: Starts at 8:00 pm
Cost: $10.00
Where: The British Ex-Serviceman Association 1143 Kinsgway Vancouver, BC
For more information visit VanMusic website and Social Network Channels: VanMusic FB.

Day of the Dead  Celebration with Locarno Band at Fan Club

Day of the Dead with Vancouver Latin Band Locarno w/ lead band Tom Landa
Day of the Dead Celebration with Locarno Band at Fan Club
Date November 2nd., 2013
Hours: 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Cost: TBD 
Where: Fan Club. 1050 Granville St., Vancouver, BC
For more information visit:

Day of the Dead Celebration Roundhouse Community Centre

Day of the Dead Celebration at Roundhouse Community Centre
Dia de Los Muertos: Day of the Dead Celebration at Roundhouse Community Centre
Date: November 1,2013
Hours: 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Cost: Free Registration required.
Where: The Roundhouse Room C
Visit the community altar, where you will be able to honour the memory of your own ancestors. Special presentation by Chef Rossana Ascencio who will be talking about the important role of food during this celebration. Sample a slice of delicious Day of the Dead bread (pan de muerto) and authentic Mexican hot chocolate. 


VIFF Presents Day of the Dead Festival / Día de Muertos

VIFF Day of the Dead Festival - Dia de Los Muertos at Van City Theater

Dia de Los Muertos  Day of the Dead Festival at Vancity Theatre by VIFF

Date: October 30,2013
Hours: 6:15 pm Art Exhibit by Ari de la Mora and Altar. 7:00 pm "Macario" film screening with a previous introduction and explanation of the Day of the Dead custom. . 8:40 pm Hot chocolate degustation, prayer for the departed and a set of traditional songs by Mariachi Los Dorados, Tom Landa and Caudillos del Sur Folk Ballet.
Where: VanCity Theatre
VIFF Day of the Dead Festival - Dia de Los Muertos Oct. 30th 2013 Van City Theater Vancouver
 VIFF presents a special "Día de Muertos" event featuring "Macario", a 1960 classic Mexican film performing Ignacio López Tarso. This film is based on a short story by German author Bruno Traven  who lived much of his life in Mexico. It was first published as  "The Healer" (Macario  means healer) and later as "The Third Guest" .
There will be also an art exhibition, and traditional Mexican Day of the Dead altar, prayer, hot chocolate and music by "Los Dorados" Mariachi band, Tom Landa and Caudillos del Sur Folk Ballet . 
For more information visit: VIFF Day of the Dead Festival . 
VIFF Day of the Dead Festival - Dia de Los Muertos Oct. 30th 2013 Van City Theater Vancouver


Day of the Dead Altar at "Buen Cafe" Coffee Shop 

Traditional Mexican Day of the Dead altar at "Buen Café" coffee shop  2350 West 4th. Ave. Vancouver dedicated to Frida Kahlo
Traditional Day of the Dead altar at "Buen Café" coffe shop in Kitsilano
Don't miss the opportunity to visit "Buen Café" coffee shop where a beautiful traditional Day of the Dead altar has been set up dedicated to Mexican Artist Frida Kahlo. The altar has been decorated with a picture of Frida Kahlo, suagr skull brought from Mexico City, candles, "pan de muerto", and of course coffee. As mentioned by Alejandro Olmedo owner of "Buen Café" coffe shop Frida Kahlo loved to set up Day of The Dead altar in her house which is now "La Casa Azul" museum in Mexico City. 

Where: "Buen Café" coffee shop 2350 West 4th. Ave. in Kitsilano, Vancouver
Sugar skulls - Traditional Mexican Day of the Dead altar at "Buen Café" coffee shop  2350 West 4th. Ave. Vancouver

Mexican Day of the Dead at Mountain View Cemetery 

All Souls: Celebrating Mexican Day of the Dead at Mountain View Cemetery, Vancouver, BC

All Souls Events at Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver
All Souls Events at Mountain View Cemetery include demonstration of the Mexican Sugar skulls tradition, shrines and a media presentation for "Día de Muertos", and also processional music with a Mariachi band.
Demonstration and history of the traditional Mexican sugar skulls.

Shrines and a media presentation for "Día de Muertos" remembering and honouring the dead by contemporary artists Emilio Rojas and Ernesto Kut Gómez. Processional music by 'El Mariachi'. 

Where: Mountain View Cemetery
Visit vancouver.ca/mountainview for more details.

Calaveras Competition organized by O5 Tea Shop

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Calavera Garbancera by José Guadalupe Posada
Calaveras literarias: posthumous humorous poems for Day of the Dead in Mexico dedicated to a person who is alive. The "calavera" can be dedicated to anyone but it is very popular dedicate them to politians, artists, and famous people. The "calaveras" are published in newspapers and nowadays online on November 1st and 2nd.

Literary Calaveras  competition organized by O5 Tea shop in Kitsilano. 
o5 invite you to submite your "literary Calavera" to celebrate Day of the Dead by Facebook, whilst in the shop or by emailing rosie@o5tea.com.
For details visit o5 Facebook event Calaveras competition 
O5 Tea
2208 West 4th. Ave.  (Kitsilano)
Vancouver, BC

Day of the Dead  Celebration at Las Margaritas Restaurant 

Day of the Dead Celebration at Las Margaritas Restaurant - Kitsilano - Vancouver

 Traditional Day of the Dead Celebration at "Las Margaritas" Restaurant in Kitsilano

Las Margaritas Restaurant will celebrate the traditional Mexican Day of the Dead on Nov. 1st and 2nd.
For details visit Las Margaritas  Restaurant  Facebook Page and follow on Twitter: Las Margaritas .
Where: "Las Margaritas Restaurant"
1999 West 4th. Ave. in Kitsilano
Vancouver, B.C.
"Papel Picado" typical Day of the Dead decoration at Las Margaritas Restaurant - Kitsilano - Vancouver

Celebración de Todos Santos y Fieles Difuntos at The Holy Rosary Cathedral

Traditional Day of the Dead altar - Altar de Dia de Muertos at Holy Rosary Cathedral in Vancouver

Traditional Day of the Dead Altar at Holy Rosary Cathedral and "Fieles Difuntos" Celebration

Every year a beautiful traditional Day of the Dead Altar is set up at The Holy Rosary Cathedral on Nov. 2nd.
I am waiting for details about what day will be set up and when can be visited, and also more information about the celebration where "Pan de Muerto" and hot chocolate will be served.

Some information in Spanish is on page 6 of the monthly Holy Rosary Cathedral  bulletin .
When: Nov. 2nd. Mass at 6:30 pm in Spanish (to be confirmed)
Where: Holy Rosary Cathedral 
646 Richards St.
Vancouver, B.C.
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Cardboard doll, tamales, sugar skulls - Day of the Dead altar at Holy Rosary Cathedral , Vancouver B.C.

Day of the Dead  Celebration / Día de Muertos by CIPO VAN 

Day of the Dead Celebration / Celebración de Día de Muertos by CIPO VAN

Celebración de Dia de Los Muertos / Day of the Dead organized by CIPO VAN

Date: Setting up Day of the Dead Altar on Thursday evening Oct. 31st. Celebration on Friday November 1st.

Hours: Starts at 6:00 pm
Where: 2791 W. 11th Avenue, entrance at the back. Look for the balloons and music.

You are invited to setting up the altar on Thursday evening (Oct. 31st.) and come again for the celebration on Friday November 1st. There will be mole enchiladas for sale. Money collected will help friends in Oaxaca affected by the recent hurricanes in Mexico.

For more information visit: Día de Muertos - Zombie Enchiladas back from the dead  Facebook Event.

Read alsoDay of the Dead in Mexico - Celebración de Día de Muertos en México 

Day of the Dead  altar 2012 at Holy Rosary Cathedral , Vancouver B.C.
“Comparsa de los Huehues de Nuevo Tampaón Tamuín” - "Xantolo" Day of the Dead celebration in The Huasteca region - San Luis Potosí - México

Mexican Day of the Dead Celebrations in Vancouver 2013 Pictures


Catrinas by Noe H. at VIFF Day of the Dead Festival - Dia de Los Muertos Oct. 30th 2013 Van City Theater Vancouver
Mariachi Los Dorados - VIFF Day of the Dead Festival - Dia de Los Muertos Oct. 30th 2013 Van City Theater Vancouver
Altar Theatre dedicated to Dr. Atl. by Ollin Society - Mexican Day of the Dead Celebration - Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver, BC
Altar Theatre dedicated to Artist Gerardo Murillo "Dr. Atl" by Ollin Society in Vancouver
"Presented to you today is an offering inspired by the Jalisciense 20th century painter, poet, and literate Gerardo Murillo.... This theatre-like altar for Dr. Atl is based on the great stained glass window situated in a theatre in the palace of Bellas Artes, wich illustrates the Iztaccihuatl mountain he used to climb regularly, as well as the volcano Popocatepetl, a sunject he often painted..." 
Artists: Claudia Segovia, Carmen Keitsch, Martha Velásquez, Raúl Castro, Alfonso Tejada, Richard Kent.

Altar dedicated to José guadalupe Posada by Casa Meshiko - Mexican Day of the Dead Celebration - Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver, BC
Altar dedicated to José Guadalupe Posada by Casa Meshiko.
Artists: Javier Romero, Carmen Keitsch, Aída Hernández, María Conchita Flores

Altar dedicated to Children by CCIME - Mexican Day of the Dead Celebration - Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver, BC
Altar dedicated to children by CCIME BC
Artist: Javier Barajas

Day of the Dead  altar 2013 at Holy Rosary Cathedral , Vancouver B.C.
Mariachi Los Dorados - VIFF Day of the Dead Festival - Dia de Los Muertos Oct. 30th 2013 Van City Theater Vancouver
Mexican Day of the Dead Celebration - Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver, BC
"La Catrina" by Carmen Keitsch - Art - Mexican Day of the Dead Celebration - Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver 
"La Vida Loca" by Alfonso L. Tejada - Art - Mexican Day of the Dead Celebration - Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver 
'Dr. Atl' portrait by Rihard Kent - Art - Mexican Day of the Dead Celebration - Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver