Capitol Square Celebrates Annual Day of the Dead Fiesta October 28 In the Cultural District of East Arlington
Capitol Square celebrates its annual Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) Fiesta, on Sunday, Oct. 28, from 4 to 6pm. The Fiesta shares in the rich Mexican tradition of honoring loved ones who have passed away, with Mexican food, live Mariachi music, Latin memory altars and festive activities for all ages. Though Dia de los Muertos originated in Mexico, people across the Americas have adopted and modified the tradition with their own unique cultural contributions.
“This festival offers us a different way to honor our dead, and create new traditions for our families,” says Jan Whitted of Artbeat, who organized the first Dia de los Muertos festival in Capitol Square eight years ago. “Unlike the ‘scary’ traditions of Halloween, Day of the Dead emphasizes love and kinship, and an appreciation of our own family’s history.”
Guests are encouraged to learn about the memory altar (ofrenda) tradition, a special way to honor the dead, by leaving a heartfelt memory at a community altar decorated with photos of the departed, saints, food and flowers. The community memory altar will be on display at Derby Farm Flowers & Gardens (218 Mass Ave), where guests can leave a memory card for a loved one.
Colorful sugar skull (cavalera) face-painting will be in full swing at Artbeat (212A Mass Ave), where visitors can make paper flowers for the community altar. Guests can tame their sweet tooth cravings next door at Maxima Gift Center (212 Mass Ave) where they will be sampling Taza Mexican-chocolates and Quebrada Baking Company (208 Mass Ave) will be offering sugar skull shortbread cookies.
13FOREST Gallery (167A Mass Ave) will highlight the work of artist and designer Auddie Rodriguez, who will install The Raver’s Altar in their window—part of her ongoing project Coco Cultures.
The spirits will dance to Mexican folk music as Mariachi band Mariachi Estrellas de Boston strolls throughout the Square, and participating businesses will offer authentic sugar skull candies, traditional Mexican “dead bread” (pan de muerto), and tastes of Mexico from Arlington’s popular Acitron Cocina Mexicana.
Did you know? Dia de los Muertos is one of five annual celebrations brought to East Arlington by the Capitol Square Business Association. Upcoming events include:
First Lights, Dec 1, 2018 — Holiday shopping and entertainment.
Romancing the Square, Feb. 2019 — Spreading the love with music, poetry and arts.
Spring in the Square, April 2019 — A garden party to celebrate the arrival of spring.
Feast of the East, June 15, 2019 — Street festival with food, fun, and community spirit.
Community is what we make it!
Bring the whole family for a fun-filled time in Capitol Square in East Arlington, MA – conveniently located near Routes 2 and 16, and less than three miles from Harvard Square. Visit unique, artsy shops and galleries and a variety of great eateries along Mass. Ave.