The Day of the Dead is an important celebration in Mexico, where deceased loved ones are remembered and honored. People decorate their home, raise an altar for the dead and invite the family for a feast. They restore burial sites and decorate them with flowers and candles. The streets are crowded with people in costumes, and often there is lots of food.
At Moesgaard Museum, we celebrate The Day of the Dead in close collaboration with local Spanish-speaking representatives from the organization, RAICES, which is the Spanish word for 'roots'
To participate in the family activities, you need an entry ticket to the museum. Children 0-18 yo have free entry.
Wednesday October 31 - 12 AM-8 PM
A good party starts with the preparation.
12 AM-5 PM- Family Activities
Children and adults are invited to help decorate an altar with lanterns, paper flowers and drawings. The altar will commemorate deceased Spanish-speaking and Danish musicians who performed children's songs.
5 PM-5.30 PM - MOMU Talk with Thea Skaanes and Vanessa Sanchez-Guajardo
MOMU Talk in the museum's café. Curator Thea Skaanes from Moesgaard and Vanessa Sanchez-Guajardo from RAICES talk about The Day of the Deead and explain the traditions behind it. The talk is in Danish.
5.30 PM - Remembrance buffet
The museum's café serves a delicious buffet with traditional Danish dishes.
7 PM-8 PM - Guided Tour: The Lives of the Dead (limited tickets available)
Join a tour of the ethnographic exhibtion 'The Lives of the Dead' which is also about the Day of the Dead in Mexico. The guided tour requires an entry ticket to the museum + specific ticket to the tour. The tour is in Danish.
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Thurday November 1 and Friday November 2
Visitors can admire the beautiful altar and decorations prior to the actual party or visit the exciting ethnographic exhibition 'The Lives of the Dead'.
Saturday November 3 - 10 AM-5 PM
The party is the highlight of the Day of the Dead with music, songs and a lot of family activities.
10 AM-5 PM - Family activities: Face paint, decoration of clay skulls etc.
Lots of creative activities for the whole familty: Get you face painted, decorate clay skulls, and make flower tiaras and paper lanterns.
1 PM-3 PM - Mexican live music
Mexicanske singer Edith Tamayo and her guitarist perform Mexican songs and music.
Free movie screening
Sunday November 4 - 11 AM-1 PM in the auditorium
Watch a family-friendly animation film about the Day of the Dead and the little boy, Miguel's, incredible journey to the land of the dead. (Language: Danish)
The movie screening is free, but due to limited seating a ticket is required.
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