Sunday, October 10, 2010
Experience Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, festivities in Second Life as the Latino Virtual Museum celebrates its second annual Dia de los Muertos Festival. The festival begins Friday, October 29 through Tuesday, November 2. To partake of this celebration, you will need an avatar. Click on the sidebar link GET YOUR AVATAR HERE.
Dia de los Muertos is a cultural celebration stemming from the blending of pre-Hispanic and Spanish customs, and it is celebrated throughout Latin America. This celebration is a day to honor and remember those who have passed on. It is both a time of mourning and happiness, and a time to celebrate life and death. If you want to learn more about this celebration, click the Dia de los Muertos sidebar banner and it will take you directly to the event page, or visit latino.si.edu and follow the links.
One of the highlights of the festival will include a "The Day of the Dead Ballgame Tournament", sponsored by the Walt Disney Company. The ballgame is based on the first organized Mesoamerican sport played almost 3,000 years ago! The game is played almost like soccer but instead of using the feet to kick the ball, players use their hips. Now, imagine playing this game in Second Life. Well, you can. Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will be happy to sign you up and your team!
Here is a list of the Dia de los Muertos event line-up:
Featured performance of poetry and music by Rincon Bohemio, from El Paso, Texas
Children's storytelling time and workshops for schools, with artist and musician Nancy Lorenza Green
Dia de los Muertos community ofrenda in LVM's virtual cemetery
Featured artist interview with Cesar Ivan
University of Notre Dame takes on the Smithsonian Latino Center in a meso-ball game tournament of life and death at the Ballcourt of the Sun
Opening procession featuring live Aztec ritual-blessing
Virtual Poetry Reading with poets from across the U.S.
Interview and featured concert with Lila Downs
Community ofrenda in Virtual Native Lands in Second Life
Skull Dance Party with live DJ
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