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Dia De Los Muertos

Where: Founders Park, 87 Atawhai Drive, Nelson

All ages

$5 at door

Wrapping up the Nelson Arts Festival with the 5th anniversary of the Day of the Dead Nelson, a festive family day filled with Mexican food and culture.

The Day of the Dead originated as an indigenous Mexican celebration of life and departed loved ones. In Latin America offerings are made on an 'ofrenda', or 'altar', decorated with candles, marigolds, fruits, sweet bread, sugar skulls and photographs of loved ones that have passed, with their favourite drink, food and mementoes.

Parades are organised with people dressed up in flamboyant 19th-century costumes wearing face paint resembling colourfully decorated skeletons, with flowers and love hearts.

On the 5th anniversary of the Nelson Day of the Dead, there will be performances, featuring Mariachi New Zealand from Auckland with a 5-piece Mariachi band. There will be food stalls serving traditional Mexican food and drinks, ingredients, chilis, local Day of the Dead Arts and Crafts, face painters, pinatas, and competitions for best Mexican Day of the Dead outfit.

There will also be a chilli sauce competition, in which aspiring cooks can enter their spicy sauce. The sauces will be tested by a jury, and can later be sampled by the audience.

Visitors are invited to bring photographs or mementoes of their loved ones to add to the Altar and are reminded to not forget to take them back home.

Koha for children under 16 (accompanied by an adult).

Earlier Event: October 23
Art Expo Nelson 2016
Later Event: November 3
Lustre 20min Stillness Lunchtimes