Nov 2 – Day of the Dead Dance in Ladner with Marta Fraser

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*NOTE: Event is full but waitlist names are accepted*

Marta Fraser invites you to come and dance to celebrate this special day, to honor and remember a deceased family member.  Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is one of the biggest and most important holidays in Mexico.  Its origin dates back thousands of years to the Aztec and Toltec cultures when Death was a natural phase in Life’s arc and the deceased were still part of the community returning once a year to Earth to feast with the family.  It was a month-long summer celebration overseen by the goddess Mictecacihuatl, the Lady of the Dead.    

Nowadays, Day of the Dead is celebrated on Nov 2nd to coincide with the Christian celebration of All Souls Day.  The Mexican celebration is an ancient life affirming celebration to show love and respect for the deceased family members.  A common custom is to prepare an “ofrenda” which is an altar decorated with candles and flowers, pictures of the deceased and laden with their favorite food, as well as “sugar skulls” and “pan de muerto”, a specialty sweet bread which is decorated with dough in the form of bones.  In rural areas, the cemeteries become a gathering place to pray, eat, drink, play music and in general welcome the spirits back home with a trail of flower petals.

*If you wish, please bring a photo and/or a small memento of a dear one for our “ofrenda” and dress in a way that reminds you of your departed loved one.

Date:   Saturday, November 2, 2019
Time:   Gathering after 6:00; dancing 6:30 ~ 9:00 followed by refreshments.
Place:   Celebration Hall, Ladner United Church, 4960 48th Ave, Delta
Cost:    Minimum $25 donation
RSVP:  asap so we know interest and have time to prepare special food
Wear:   Comfortable clothing (perhaps something that reminds you of your departed loved one) and comfortable, soft soled shoes.  Please refrain from wearing fragrances.
Bring:  Please bring your own mug or water bottle and if you wish, a photo or momento of a deceased family member for the “ofrenda”.

Dance Facilitator Marta Fraser:   Marta grew up in Mexico City and still keeps her connection with her country and culture.  Marta’s love for dance continues to nourish her zest for life, guiding her on a path of travel and discovery of new places and dances.  She is currently a co-leader of the Victoria Dance Circle in BC and Circulo de Danzas in LaPaz, BCS, Mexico.