Manzana will be embracing traditional Latin America culture and celebrating the most iconic, two-day holiday ‘Dia de los Muertos’, The Day Of The Dead. Friday November 1 and Saturday November 2. The restaurant will be transformed to resemble the streets of Mexico throughout the traditional festival with many iconic symbols such as Calacas (skeletons) and Calaveras (sugar skulls), colourful flowers, candles, and lots of celebration with many-a tequila, tacos, and sombreros.
Here is some little background info to word you up on these colourful celebrations..
The Day Of The Dead festival originated as an Aztec tradition in Mexico, whereby locals believed the departed join together with the living, awakening from their eternal sleep to share and enjoy life’s pleasures with their loved ones. Mexican locals rejoice the lives of the deceased by indulging in food, drinks, parties, dancing, colourful face painting and fun.
As part of this tradition, Mexican’s believe their loved ones spirits return. Those who are living place offerings at the cemetery or alter (created in an empty room in the home). Offerings such as the spirits personal belongs, favourite food, beverages, cigarette or toys for children. This gives a time for the living to share these items with them. Other items such as photos, wreaths, crosses, candles, flowers (marigolds) and pan de muerto (bread of the dead) are also used.
Makeup inspired by sugar skulls is worn by women and some men. The makeup consists of using bright colours, distinctive floral patterns and miscellaneous shapes to honour their loved ones. Want to learn how to do your own sugar skull inspired makeup? See Here.
Throughout our own Day Of The Dead festivities at Manzana, drink specials will be on offer including exclusive Day Of the Dead cocktails, traditional Mexican beers for $5, and an special Day Of The Dead $40 per person tasting menu encompassing all of Mexico’s most traditional street food and even a game of piñata!
Here is a little teaser of our celebrations last year:
Contact us on 97877772 to make a booking and join in on the #DOTDcelebrations
Love the Manzana team x