Sunday, November 1, 2015

Day Of The Dead Festival

So today I had the pleasure of attending our local Day of the Dead (Dia des Muertos) festival. It was fantastic. I was blown away. I really didn't know what to expect and for some reason I didn't think there would be as many people as there actually was. The place was packed!

The event was held in the Plaza district, one of two great arts districts in Oklahoma City. There were small booths set up all down the district. The participating businesses all had offrendas (altars for the dead). There was also a main community offrenda where anyone could go and set a light for their dead loved one. There was also a booth set up that sold marigolds, the traditional flower offered to the dead. It's believed the pungent smell is a beacon to the dead.

Mexican Folk Dancers

There were traditional Mexican folk dancers, a parade/procession, various assorted activities for children, and traditional Mexican food. It was a wonderful experience. I will definitely be attending every year. If you are in the OKC area this time next year then do check it out.

My friend setting a light for a loved one who has passed

Marigolds for the dead

A beautiful offrenda

Santa Muerte?

Christopher Lee offrenda. Notice the bread of the dead.

Offrenda for Leonard Nimoy


  1. Looks like you had lots of fun!

    They have a HUGE celebration here in Los Angeles that I have yet to attend. I always say I'm going, but something always comes up.

    1. You should definitely go! I know San Antonio also has a very large one as well.