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Dia de Los Muertos – Day of the Dead Parade & Celebration
November 3, 2012 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
with Willow Chang and Still & Moving Ohana
6:30 pm Processional parade in costume (2 – 4 block walk) starting at & returning to Still & Moving Center
7–9:30 pm Fiesta!
Celebrate with us a tradition honored in the Mexico and Latin America. Known as ‘The Day of the Dead’, this annual event pays homage to the deceased and to one’s ancestors, as well as serving as a fiesta for the living. As Hawaii’s oldest Day of the Dead Celebration (14 years and counting), Willow Chang’s Dia De Los Muertos celebration has become a time-honored tradition itself, along with similarly intended celebrations such as Ching Ming/Bai Sain (Chinese) or the O-Bon season (of Japan). Dia De Los Muertos laughs at the scariness of death; people’s feelings of closeness to the dearly departed defy their separation. Bring a photo to place on for the community alter (offrenda), which will be decorated with other traditional elements, such as marigolds, incense, candles and sugared skulls. This year, enjoy the offrendas by special guest artists. Dress as a skeleton, enter our costume contest and join our parade processionstarting at Still & Moving Center, touring the Ward/Kakaako area and returning to Still & Moving. There you will enjoy a night of guest performances. Past year’s celebrations have featured storytelling with Jeff Gere, music with Espirtu Libre, dance theater with Miss Willow Chang, beatboxing with Jason Tom, circus sideshow acts with Professor Pandemonium! Contact Willow Chang if you wish to be amongst the performing artists. The ever health-conscious folks at Still & Moving Center will have delectable Mexican-themed refreshments available for purchase – non-alcoholic and vegetarian! We’re trying to keep you on our side of the grave as long as possible!!!