Dia de Los Muertos Altar Making, 10/26

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Dia de Los Muertos Altar Making, 10/26

130.00

with Perla Yasmeen Meléndez

Saturday October 26th, 2:30-6:30

Limit 14 students

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The Mexican tradition of Día de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead), is a time dedicated to celebrating the lives of our loved ones who have transitioned from the physical world to the Spirit realm. Every Autumn, the three-day celebration is marked by the construction of an elaborate altar, or o frenda, which is filled with objects that our loved one(s) enjoyed while they were alive. These ofrendas are colorful, fragrant, luminous, and intricately and ceremoniously built with the intention of bringing joy (and life) to both the living and the dead alike.

There are many “essentials” to a Día de Los Muertos Ofrenda, but it is important to note that each one is extremely personal and specific to the person/people who are creating it, and to those who it is being created for. Ofrendas are built within your home--in the most intimate of spaces, with materials that you already have, and can be as big or as small as you'd like, or as your space allows for. For these reasons, and many more, no two altars can ever be the same, nor should they be! They differ from person to person, home to home, and year to year, speaking to our own unique, unending and ever-evolving connection to our beloved ancestors.

In this workshop, you will :
>> Learn the basic elements used in traditional Dia de Los Muertos altars, and the meaning behind them
>>create a series of “altar essentials” to take home for use in building your own altar. The essentials include: a Papel Picado Banner, hand strung garlands using fresh Marigold flowers, a personalized prayer candle designed by you to honor your loved one(s), and Sugar Skulls

You will also:
>>Be guided in creating a written plan for how and where in your home you’d like to build your altar, naming the specific items you’d like to include, and why. When you get home, you’ll have the knowledge, outline, and crucial materials to bring your altar to life!

We will close our afternoon together by snacking on Pan de Muerto (Bread of the Dead) and Atol de Chocolate (traditional Mexican hot chocolate), while sharing our experience and plans for our altars.

Perla Yasmeen Meléndez is a chef, artist, educator, and kitchen curandera. She is the owner of Two Mamacitas Pop-Up Kitchen, an Oakland-based catering company specializing in Latin American and Caribbean Cuisine using local, Organic, and seasonal ingredients.

In addition to preparing food for celebrations of all kinds, Perla pulls from her lifelong herbal studies and deep-rooted ancestral traditions to prepare healing and intentional foods for people in times of transition. She believes in the medicinal power of foods, and prepares each recipe lovingly and ceremoniously, conjuring healing effects for all those who eat her food. She loves prescribing personalized recipes for those who have just given birth, are recovering from surgery or sickness, going through menopause, or journeying through the grieving process. Her kitchen is the most magical medicine cabinet!

Perla is inspired by Mother Nature's color palette, intelligence, and resilience. She believes that using plants to heal is a revolutionary act (she loves revolutionary acts!). She loves harnessing the healing power of plants in her cooking, artwork, and daily life. Perla spends most of her time cooking, daydreaming about what to cook next, swooning at all the produce at farmer’s markets and at the Berkeley Bowl, and caring for her plants. More @twomamacitaspopupkitchen