Annual ‘Day of the Dead’ event returns to Princeton

The Arts Council of Princeton’s Day of the Dead Celebration, scheduled for Saturday, November 3 at the Princeton Shopping Center, will include mariachis, sugar skull decorating, face painting, and folk arts and crafts.THE ARTS COUNCIL OF PRINCETON
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The Arts Council of Princeton’s Day of the Dead Celebration, scheduled for Saturday, November 3 at the Princeton Shopping Center, will include mariachis, sugar skull decorating, face painting, and folk arts and crafts.THE ARTS COUNCIL OF PRINCETON

The Arts Council of Princeton and the Princeton Shopping Center will present the annual “Day of the Dead Celebration” on Nov. 3.

The event will be held from 3-5 p.m. at the Princeton Shopping Center, which is located at 301 N. Harrison St.

Mexico’s El Día de los Muertos will be celebrated with strolling mariachis, sugar skull decorating, face painting, folk arts and crafts.

Visitors are urged to dress in a costume inspired by José Guadalupe Posada’s iconic “La Calavera Catrina” and participate in a Catrin/Catrina pageant. Learn about the traditions of this rich cultural holiday at this free, family-friendly event.

In connection with Halloween and All Souls’ Day, the Day of the Dead is observed throughout the world at this time of year. The holiday is about families and friends who gather to remember and honor their loved ones who have died.

Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars using sugar skulls, marigolds, and favorite foods of the deceased, and then visiting graves with these as gifts.

This free community event is made possible through the generosity of EDENS/ Princeton Shopping Center.

The Arts Council of Princeton, founded in 1967, is a non-profit organization with a mission of Building Community through the Arts. Housed in the landmark Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, designed by architect Michael Graves, the ACP fulfills its mission by presenting a wide range of programs including exhibitions, performances, free community cultural events, and studio-based classes and workshops in a wide range of media. Arts Council of Princeton programs are designed to be high-quality, engaging, affordable and accessible for the diverse population of the greater Princeton region. 

Established over 60 years ago, the Princeton Shopping Center has become a popular home for some of the Princeton area’s most unique retailers and restaurateurs. Built as a California-style in 1954, the Shopping Center is known for its architectural design and unique layout – a rectangular format with a center courtyard boasting beautiful floral displays. The Princeton Shopping Center is located at 301 North Harrison Street in Princeton, New Jersey. Visit princetonshoppingcenter.com for more information.