|Sat 2 Nov 2013, 9:00am–5:00pm|
Dia de Los Muertos (The Day of the Dead) is a Latin American festival traditionally held in a cemetery to celebrate the promise of the resurrection. Australia's first Dia de Los Muertos will be held at Gore Hill Memorial Cemetery, St. Leonards on Sydney's lower north shore.
This is not a sombre occasion; this a celebration of life and the life to come. The equality of death that comes to all regardless of social status or riches is also celebrated in irreverence to authority and finery through the characters of Caterina and Carlos, two skeletal figures that dress up and dance as if at a wedding.
Calecas is the Spanish term for skeletons or skulls used in the celebration. A skull art competition and exhibition is planned, as is Australia's first hearse parade. Although held on the Catholic holidays of All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day, the origins can be traced back to celebrations honouring the Aztec goddess of the underworld, Mictecacihuatl. The fusion of the two traditions makes for a truly multicultural experience!
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