November Art Walk, Fábrica la Aurora
Day of the Dead
By Edward Swift
This year the Day of the Dead happens to fall on Fábrica la Aurora’s first Saturday Art Walk. The walk will feature live music, new exhibitions in several of the galleries, and altars to departed friends and colleagues.
Sat, Nov 1, 5-8pm
New Exhibitions, Music, Altars
Fábrica la Aurora
The origins of the Day of the Dead can be traced back more than 3,000 years to civilizations that existed long before the arrival of the Aztecs. The Aztecs, known to have adopted the religious and philosophical ideas of their predecessors, dedicated the festival to the Queen of the Underworld, the goddess Mictecacihuatl (Meek-teka-see-wahdl) whose major duty was to guard the bones of the dead. Although the ancient festival has merged with Spanish cultural traditions, such as All Souls Day, it is believed that Mictecacihuatl still presides over the contemporary festivities. In ancient hieroglyphs she appears as a skeleton with a wide open mouth ready to swallow the stars. Her spirit will certainly be felt throughout the Fábrica and all over San Miguel.
Every year Emigdio Ledesma creates an elaborate altar in the main entrance. Emigdio is a former textile worker and member of the committee to preserve the customs and traditions of San Miguel. Each year his altar carries a special theme and this year it will be dedicated to the members of Fábrica la Aurora’s first soccer team.
The Art Walk will begin at 5pm on Saturday, November 1. All the galleries will be open, and many of the artists will be present to discuss their work.