Did you enjoy Coco? If so, you will enjoy Remember Me! La Celebración del Día de Muertos at the Mexican Folk Art Gallery at Disney’s Epcot. This colorful exhibit celebrates the culture of Día de Muertos through the work of prominent Mexican and Mexican-American artists.
Día de Muertos or Day of the Dead is an annual Mexican celebration of family history, which takes place on every year on November 1 and 2. The holiday is both cultural and Christian, crossing generations with prayer and remembrance of family members no longer present. One of the traditions during the holiday is to create an ofrenda or altar in the home, which is crowded with precious keepsakes and photos to remember the dead. This custom is seen in the film Coco and recreated in the Epcot exhibit (see photo above).
At the centerpiece of Remember Me! La Celebración del Día de Muertos exhibit is a massive bridal couple sculpture. It is representative of the enduring love that remains long after death. Throughout the gallery are glass displays that include samples of imaginative Oaxacan wood carvings; colorful papel picado or decorative paper cutting art; decorative sugar skulls; and a variety of items on loan from museums that are representative of Mexican folk art and the history of the Día de Muertos celebration. There are supporting informational panels about each style of folk art, the art pieces, and the history and culture of Día de Muertos.
Many of the World Showcase pavilions at Disney’s Epcot have rotating exhibits for guests to view and learn more about each country’s culture. For more information, check the Walt Disney World website, the My Disney Experience app, or ask a Cast Member.
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