Halloween may be over, but the festivities continue around Toronto with the Celebrations of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). This holiday is rooted in the Latin communities, particularly the Mexican communities, where those who have passed away are celebrated and remembered. It is a 2 day event where children are remembered on November 1st on Dia de los Angelitos (Day of the little Angels) and all others on November 2nd. This year in particular is very special as I will be able to start an annual tradition where I commemorate both my sons. May everyone have a safe, happy and memorable Day of the Dead and remember those who have gone before us as they watch us from heaven.
Dia de los Muertos at Evergreen Brickworks Nov. 3rd. 11:00-3:00
Learn, taste, experience and personalize Mexican cultural traditions at the Day of the Dead celebration (Día de los Muertos). With all day family-friendly activities, they will also celebrate this event with the Latin American community through dance, live music, paper crafts and calavera (skull) face painting.
Day of the Dead Celebration Nov. 2. 4:00-10:00 pm
Since 2003, The Day of the Dead it has been named Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. The celebration of the Day of the Dead dates back to pre-hispanic times were the ancient culture reflects humanity’s fascination with the unknown and the intangible. Today we inherit a tradition based in rituals, ceremonies, altars, food, dances, music, poems, and much more. The living seek to maintain the bonds with loved ones who have departed to the next world, the “Mictlan”, the underworld.
Day of the Dead Festival Nov. 2 10:00-3:00
Explore thecollection of Mexican toys, make paper marigolds, taste the traditional pan de muerto, see beautiful Calacas, clay characters, and an Ofrenda created by local High School students, and take home traditional sugar skulls.
TIFF Family Fridays Nov. 1
Beginning this Fall on scheduled Toronto District School Board PA Days, TIFF Bell Lightbox offers special family programming that’s both educational and entertaining.
Gamercamp Nov. 1-3
Hotel Ocho transforms into Toronto’s coolest arcade with four floors of games including Sony PlayStation 4 launch titles, 15 hot indie games, and a board game cafe.