Mexico’s most favorite and time-honored observance, Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is almost here and continues to capture the hearts and imagination of people everywhere.
In Sedona, the Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village has hosted the spectacular celebration and pageantry for the last five years. This year Day of the Dead is on Saturday, October 29th, 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm. “Every year we get a little more bold and outrageous,” says Wendy Lippman, general manager and resident partner of Tlaquepaque. The gorgeous Mexican-inspired village is dramatically transformed with thousands of candles, papier mache katrinas, fountains decorated to the nines, and a beautiful altar ready to receive the traditional offerings or offrenda, honoring those that have passed.
Saturday the 29th is a jam-packed day of entertainment and more. Get ready to be blown away by the Circus Farm Fire Dancers in dramatic performances accompanied by virtuoso guitarist Anthony Mazzella and the Old Souls. Aerial artists wrapped in silks, ghoulish stilt walkers, scary face painting stations, jugglers and the wandering dead in traditional costumes make for an over-the-top celebration. Stroll through the Day-of-the-Dead-themed Mercado. Enjoy free sugar skull making and peruse the decorated altars in the courtyards. Admission is free and costumes are encouraged. Free trolley service is available from the Uptown Sedona municipal parking lot. If you have not visited the newly completed Tlaquepaque North this is a perfect excuse to check it out as well.
Every year leading up to the Day of the Dead is the Marigold Mural Project. Everyone is encouraged to remember loved ones in words or painted symbols on the 26 by 6 foot mural. “It is so touching to see young kids and older folks writing the names of their family members, friends or pets that are no longer here. It is a moving tribute and a way to remember those precious to us,” remarks Lippman. Staring Tuesday, October 25th and going through Day of the Dead on October 29th, the mural will be available from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, concluding the evening of the 29th in Calle Independencia in the main village. The artist Lovejoy (http://lovejoycreations.com) returns to begin the mural in stunning depictions of a Day of the Dead theme and she is there daily to help you choose your paint and brushes and make helpful suggestions. Murals from years past will be in the main Calles of Tlaquepaque North and South.
Home to 50 shops, galleries and five restaurants, Tlaquepaque, the Art & Soul of Sedona, now in its 44th year, is located at 336 State Route 179 in Sedona, Arizona. It is open daily at 10:00 am. For more information call (928) 282-4838 or visit: Tlaq.com.