Dia de Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a Mexican holiday where family members gather to pray for loved ones who have died.
It’s officially observed Oct. 31 through Nov. 2, and several Dia de Muertos events are planned around Wichita. Among them:
Day of the Dead Celebration at Spanish Horizons, 1855 S. Rock Road, Suite 129: This free come-and-go event will last from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and include a fashion show, salsa dancing, art and cultural displays, activities for children, food, and prize giveaways. Organizers will be accepting donations of hats, coats and gloves during the event.
Day of the Dead at Fiber Studio, 418 Commerce: This art studio will put on an event Friday called “Possessed: Angels, Saints and Demons.” It will feature paintings by Novelene Ross and crystal and stone sculpture by Karen Carney plus music and refreshments. Admission is free.
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Day of the Dead at Tanya’s Soup Kitchen, 1725 E. Douglas: This restaurant, which opens for dinner on weekends, will have a Day of the Dead party from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday with live music by Mark Horton, art by Nanetta Maria and belly dancing. On the menu this weekend: spicy enchilada casserole. For more information, call 316-267-7687.
Day of the Dead dinner at Molino’s Cusine, 1064 N. Waco: This Mexican restaurant will have a Day of the Dead event from 7 to 9 p.m. on Saturday. Diners will be able to view local art and listen to live music by Mark Horton. For more information, call 316-977-9336.
Dia de Muertos observance at Anna Murdoc’s Cafe, 209 E. William: This event goes on from 6 p.m. to midnight Saturday and will feature music, traditional art displays, folk story telling, traditional food such as tamales, skull painting for $10, and a cash bar. The event, a fundraiser for the Multicultural Celebration and Education Association and Parents of Murdered Children, also will feature a flash mob dancing to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” at 8 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call 316-771-5051.