Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, as it is known here, is a festive and fun time for families to reconnect with their roots and ancestors. You might not be Mexican or of Mexican descent, but if you've ever enjoyed an Irish funeral without being from the Emerald Isle, you'll know what this means in relation to mortality. Rooted in Aztec and Catholic beliefs, this celebration of dead ancestors has spilled over rather successfully to Broward County, with attendance numbers swelling every year since this grassroots operation began in 2010. Spearheaded by local artist and master puppeteer Jim Hammond, this year's celebration promises to be grander than the last.
A big part of this day is the making of offerings to the deceased. This has traditionally involved a handmade altar with significant objects known as ofrendas. The Fort Lauderdale Historical Society has set up for a host of activities, including mask-making, puppet shows, and performances at the New River Inn Museum (219 SW Second Ave., Fort Lauderdale). monthlong exhibit about Ofrendas
at the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society (219 SW Second Ave, Fort Lauderdale). The exhibit installation is 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, October 3 and runs though November 2, with the official opening 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, October 5. The Elements of Memory Workshop
(3:30 to 6:30pm, Sunday, October 12) -- as well as other arts- and crafts-oriented events -- will take place at the Bunker (2034 N. Dixie Highway, Wilton Manors). Aside from being a family-friendly holiday, this is a special way of building stronger bonds within a community. Call 954-463-4431 or visit fortlauderdalehistoricalsociety.org
Fri., Oct. 3, 5-8 p.m.; Oct. 3-Nov. 2; Sun., Oct. 5, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., 2014