4. Day of the Dead

Image©Ruth Lor Malloy 2010

Wow! I thought Mexico’s version of Halloween at Harbourfront was fantastic when I saw it a couple years ago.  It had dancers with skulls painted on their faces. Harbourfront will celebrate Day of the Dead this year on November 6 and 7.  There’s no trick or treating in Mexican tradition.  It’s a serious time for remembering deceased friends and relatives with prayers and offerings of favorite foods. Traditional Mexicans believe that spirits of the dead return to earth on this occasion.   

For details and times at Harbourfront, click on “What’s On” at http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/  and then its calendar for November 6 and 7. Its  fantastic program offers free Mexican food, films, dance, music and dance. 

The  Mexican Consul-General’s office let us know about three other free Toronto celebrations of the Day of the Dead. On October 29, 30 and 31, the Chocosol Cacaoloft at 6 St. Joseph St. House (near Yonge and Bloor)  has short programs (donations welcome). It includes a lesson in corn tortilla-making. For information, telephone: 416-023-8836. Web-site. http://www.6stjoseph.ca/.

On October 31, the Artscape Wychwood Barns from 2-7pm has dances, crafts, and sugar skulls.  It’s at 601 Christie St. (near St. Clair Avenue.) Contact: sape_ich@hotmail.comThe Gardiner Museum at 111 Queen’s park has a program that includes making clay skulls, music, food, and films. Phone 416-586-8080.

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