Día de los Muertos Festival
September 30, 2019
Just about any resident of the rentals in Oakland will tell you that the OMCA (Oakland Museum of California) has long honored the city's Chicano community and their Day of the Dead traditions. If you need any further proof of that, you need only check out the annual Día de los Muertos Community Celebration they present, now entering its 25th year. Taking place on Saturday, October 29th from 12:00 PM to 4:30 PM, this event will provide you with plenty of chances to join in on the Day of the Dead action with your fellow Oakland residents, and should be a blast for everyone in attendance. If you're interested in learning more, we encourage you to read on, as we lay out everything you'll need to know in advance of this riveting cultural celebration.
What You'll Enjoy at the 2019 Día de los Muertos Community Celebration
This year marks the 25th Annual Día de los Muertos Community Celebration at the OMCA. They'll be pulling out all the stops, and you'll have a chance to experience all manner of activities and delights, ranging from arts & crafts to delicious food, live music, dance, and beyond. There will be demonstrations detailing the finer points of "traditional Mesoamerican arts and cooking," and you'll also have the opportunity to browse the wares of various Día de los Muertos merchants and artisans. They'll have a bevy of fine goods that will look great in your home, while simultaneously showing off a bit of the culture that spawned this legendary celebration.
The New Exhibit: ¡El Movimiento Vivo! Chicano Roots of El Día de los Muertos
In addition to the community celebration, this year's Day of the Dead festivities will be accompanied by a new exhibit at OMCA: ¡El Movimiento Vivo! Chicano Roots of El Día de los Muertos. This display will be all about the "lesser-known origins" of Day of the Dead, and will showcase the "Chicano activists who introduced Día de los Muertos traditions to the United States in the 1970s."
You'll have the chance to check out artworks, interactive displays, and more, all showing how those aforementioned Chicano activists used the Day of the Dead tradition to help unify their communities and spawn a deep pride in their indigenous heritage. It's the perfect educational complement to this long-running celebration, and it will be a great opportunity for you to learn more about the rich culture that has helped make Oakland what it is today.
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