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10/29 Come Celebrate Mexican Day of the Dead at Pelham Art Center! 2:30 PM

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10/29 Come Celebrate Mexican Day of the Dead at Pelham Art Center! 2:30 PM

October 29, 2016 - 14:55

Come Celebrate Mexican Day of the Dead at Pelham Art Center!

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PELHAM, NY -- Pelham Art Center’s Folk Arts Series continues on Saturday, October 29, 2016 from 2:30-4:30PM with the folk arts celebration of Mexican Day of the Dead (El Día de los Muertos).  Come join in this festive Mexican tradition in which Mexicans remember passed loved ones with joy and celebration. Renowned artist Zafiro Romero-Acevedo returns to the Pelham Art Center to share the history of one of Mexico's richest traditions.  The art-making workshop will be followed by Telpochcalli Traditional Mexican Performance Arts & Theater, composed of Peruvian, Dominican, Puerto Rican, Nicaraguan, and Mexican dancers, ages 3-16. These young performers will charm the audience with the traditional Day of the Dead dances, Los Chinelos and Danza de los Viejitos. The Chinelos dance, meaning disguised, developed in Morelos, Mexico after the Spanish conquest, and blended indigenous and Christian traditions. The native people characterized the Spanish in this dance with colorful top hats with large feathers. The original name of the dance was called "Le Brinco," which means to jump. "Danza de los Viejitos" a comical dance originated in Michoacan, Mexico and was originally named "Danza de viejo fuego" which means "Dance of the old fire."