This time of year, the souls of departed friends and family members are said to be within easy reach of the living. Prayers, dances, processions, feasts, and offerings honor and call out to the dead and bring comfort to those left behind through an array of memory-sparking sounds, flavors, and colors. The Día de los Muertos celebration is a party with ritualistic purpose, and the occasion has long been an important part of Santa Fe’s creative and cultural history. Solemnity meets joy this weekend as Day of the Dead events abound, and in the City of Holy Faith, there’s something to satisfy every soul.
From 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, the Academy for Technology and the Classics, Warehouse 21, and local students involved in a gaystraight alliance organization present a Day of the Dead celebration at W21 (1614 Paseo de Peralta, 989-4423). View community and student
shrines as well as entertainment by the Santa Fe Youth Symphony mariachi group, hip-hop artist Mannie, fire performer Max, DJ Skittles, and others. Higuchi Akihiro’s horror film Long Dream screens at 8 p.m. The public event is meant to shed light on teen bullying and the high number of recent teen suicides in the LGBT community. There is no charge, and all ages are welcome.
From 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31, the Museum of International Folk Art (706 Camino Lejo, Museum Hill, 476-1200) presents its annual all-ages Day of the Dead event, which includes sugar-skull decorating, nicho making, live entertainment by the Los Niños de Santa Fe dance troupe (performances at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m.), and small tastes of traditional Día de los Muertos foods, such as pan de muerto and Mexican hot chocolate. A “Tree of Life” is available for those who wish to write a message on a leaf honoring a deceased loved one, and students from the Santa Fe School of Art & Design sell José Guadalupe Posada-style broadsheets for 25 cents. The event is by museum admission, no charge for ages 16 and under or New Mexico residents with I.D.
Bread of the dead: pan de muerto at Warehouse 21
Roll them bones in sugar: candy skulls