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Festival


Día de los Muertos Festival

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Festival


Día de los Muertos Festival

THIS NOVEMBER 2ND FALLS ON A WEDNESDAY! IT IS SURE TO BE AN ENERGETIC DAY OF THE DEAD FESTIVAL (DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS NUMERO CATORCE). THIS YEAR IS OUR FOURTEENTH CELEBRATION! IT WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE NEW CAHABA BREWING COMPANY IN BIRMINGHAM, AL.

We look forward to seeing you at the festival. Please do NOT bring your pets or cooler or picnic baskets. Please do bring yourselves and friends and a small altar or memento of remembrance. Dress in bones, as a sugar skull or for a fiesta! 


WHEN: Wednesday, November 2, 2016   |  Gates Open at 4pm & Close at 10pm

PRICE: $10 Everyone age 13 and older   |   $3 Kids age 12 to 7   |   Free under age 7

WHERE: 4500 5 th Avenue South, Building C,  Birmingham, AL 35222.

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Schedule


Schedule

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Schedule


Schedule

 
 

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2016:

Gates open at 4:00 pm. Gates close at 10:00 pm. No pets, personal food or beverages. Rain or shine. 4500 5th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35222

 

Schedule of Music and Performers Coming Soon. 

 
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Altars


Altars

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Altars


Altars

Altars

A meaningful way to participate in Birmingham's Day of Dead Festival is to bring a personal remembrance for a lost loved one.  These personal memorials, known as altars or ofrendas, vary from a single photograph of your loved one to an elaborate shrine in honor of that loved one.  Everyone is welcome to bring an altar to the festival.  We have a large covered Public Altar space especially for you and a few spaces for reservation for larger altars. Please read the guidelines below about sizes and remembering to take your altar back home.  


General Information about altars of remembrance

Día de los Muertos is a rich and soulful way to honor our ancestors and to cherish and remember lost loved ones in the company of community.  The ancient belief asserts that the souls of the deceased come to visit during Day of the Dead guided by the familiar sights and fragrances of the items on their altars and the sound of their loved ones gathered round. 

The annual Día de los Muertos arts and culture festival presented by Bare Hands commemorates this artful remembrance celebration, which most commonly takes place on November 1st (All Saints' Day) and November 2nd (All Souls' Day).  

Altars (ofrendas) often contain: Remember to use copies of original items on your altar so that irreplaceable mementos are not lost or damaged

  1. Photos of the departed 
  2. Their favorite things in life, such as foods, books, games, beverages, cigarettes, etc.
  3. Marigolds, coxcomb or other flowers
  4. Prayer candles
  5. Votive candles (battery operated are good for the festival) 
  6. Water and salt to revive the soul after its long journey to visit
  7. The festival provides many prayer candles, votives, and small dishes of water and salt on the public altar spaces.

Other traditional elements which can also be added to altars:

  1. Skeletons depicting the departed going about everyday activities in the hereafter
  2. Monarch butterflies whose fall arrival in Mexico symbolizes the souls returning to visit
  3. Bright colorful sugar skulls decorated with royal icing (dry sugar skulls are not very attractive to ants)
  4. Pan de muerto (bread of the dead) - a special bread baked for the occasion.  
  5. If you bake or buy pan de muerto for the festival we suggest the kind without sugar to draw less ants. 

Guidelines

Small Altars

If your altar is small (size of a milk crate) you can simply bring it to the festival and place it in the Public Altar space.  

 Set-up

Please bring your altar on:

Tuesday, November 1
4:00 pm until 6:00 pm

-  OR  -

Wednesday, November 2
During the festival from 4:00 pm until 10:00 pm
Volunteers at the Public Altar area can help you from opening until 7:00 pm. 

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Pick-up

Please pick up your altar:

When you leave the festival on November 2

- OR -

 Thursday, November 3
3:00pm until 6:00pm

Altars left after Thursday, November 3 will be discarded.
 

 

Large Altar
spaces have
been fulfilled.

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Roll Call


Memorial Roll Call

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Roll Call


Memorial Roll Call

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Are you attending the Día de los Muertos festival in Birmingham, Alabama on November 2?

Memorial Roll Call

Each year a new memorial roll call is created at our Día de los Muertos festival in Birmingham, Alabama. We encourage members of our community to submit the names of up to three loved ones to be memorialized during the roll call portion of the festival. We strive to read each name sent to us aloud on the night of November 2.

We ask that you send us names of your loved ones instead of cherished famous people we have lost. 

Our Roll Call Tradition

Names of loved ones are read aloud at the Día de los Muertos festival in Birmingham, Alabama.

Names of loved ones are read aloud at the Día de los Muertos festival in Birmingham, Alabama.

As the sun begins to set on November 2nd we start our festival with a roll call. The festival emcees call out the names of those whom we have loved and lost in this life, and participants in the audience answer, "present" or "presente" or however they wish to recognize their departed. We do this to honor their memory and to remind us all that they remain with us in our hearts and in our lives.