On the weekend before Halloween, there's plenty to do in Philadelphia. Friday, all along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway there will be food, drink, music and fun. A museum filled with skeletons and weird things in jars also is hosting a Halloween party that night.Then on Saturday, there will be trick-or-treating in Rittenhouse, Halloween fun at the Franklin Institute and a Day of the Dead party.Check out our weekend picks below.Friday marks 100 years to the day when the Benjamin Franklin Parkway opened completely for the first time. To celebrate, there's going to be a birthday bash from 5 to 10 p.m.The Parkway Soirée will include a mini Night Market at Logan Square, live music at Sister Cities Park and Moore College of Art & Design, birthday cake at the Franklin Institute, fall beer gardens at the Academy of Natural Sciences and Free Library, and special programming at parkway museums.Friday night is the Mütter's annual Halloween party, one of the museum of … [Read more...] about This weekend: Halloween events, Parkway Soirée, Day of the Dead party
Cities of the dead
To celebrate Día de los Muerto, or Day of the Dead, Café Ynez is offering three special menu items on Wednesday, Oct. 31, and Thursday, Nov. 1.The Mexico City-inspired BYOB in Point Breeze will serve pan de muerto (sweet rolls), Mexican hot chocolate and grasshopper tacos.The tacos de chapulines include sautéed grasshoppers, onions, pico de gallo, red cabbage, radish and guac. One order is $13 and includes three tacos.According to Café Ynez, grasshoppers are commonly eaten in Mexico City as a snack. Insects are high in protein and low in cost, making them a popular meal for more than a quarter of the world’s population. If you're in to eat bugs, head to Café Ynez on Halloween. The restaurant is located at 2025 Washington Ave. Follow Sinéad & PhillyVoice on Twitter: @sineadpatrice | @thePhillyVoiceFacebook: PhillyVoiceSinéad's RSS feed to your feed readernews tip? Let us know. … [Read more...] about Café Ynez offering grasshopper tacos for Day of the Dead
DAY of the Dead celebrations are coming to an end today in Mexico, with millions of revellers taking to the streets to honour their lost loved ones. But what happens during the annual festival and where did it come from? What is the Day of the Dead? In a number of different cultures, there is a dedicated celebration made especially to remember the lives of family and friends who have passed away. The Mexican Day of the Dead festival is a time where revellers are encouraged to pray for lost loved ones, to help them through their journey in the afterlife. Mexico City's Day of Dead parade honours quake rescuers On the Dia de Muertos, revellers often construct their own private altars, where they honour the dead with a number of different gifts. Sugar skulls and marigolds are among the offerings given up, as well as the favourite food and drinks of the departed. When is Day of the Dead taking place? The colourful festival is set to take place between October 31 and November 2. Depending on … [Read more...] about Day Of The Dead 2018 – how long is the festival, is it only celebrated in Mexico and what’s it all about?
Mexico’s Day of the Dead festival has become world-famous thanks to its striking skeleton costumes, flower-strewn altars and age-old rituals. The nationwide celebrations see crowds gather in the streets during the first days of November to honor their deceased loved ones.Although skull face painting and skeleton motifs are common, their purpose is actually the opposite to the Anglosphere’s Halloween celebrations, which take place the night before. Whereas Americans love to scare each other with their deathly costumes, Mexicans dress up in order to become more familiar with death, so they are more at peace when their time comes to pass on.The Day of the Dead, or El Día de Muertos as it’s known in Spanish, dates back to pre-Hispanic rituals. Back then, the summer celebrations centered on the Aztec goddess Mictecacihuatl, known as “Lady of the Dead,” and lasted a whole month. When the Spanish colonists arrived, the holiday was blended with the Catholic … [Read more...] about Mexico’s Day of the Dead: 54 Breathtaking Photos of El Día de Muertos
Ben Guarino, The Washington Post Published 9:51 am PDT, Tuesday, August 28, 2018 After John McCain died Saturday, the internet poured its heart out: He was a hero. Patriot. Standard right-wing Republican. Backstabber. Traitor. As soon as the pouring began, the enforcers appeared. In the replies and comments beneath the harsher critiques and nastier names, they admonished: Shouldn't you wait until he's buried in the ground? Don't you know not to speak ill of the dead? Those taboo enforcers rallied around an ancient custom. In the early third century, biographer Diogenes Laërtius attributed the phrase "do not speak ill of the dead" to philosopher Chilon of Sparta, later popularized in Latin as De mortuis nihil nisi bonum. But that custom may be changing. "The internet has taken our expressions of grief and mourning and made them public in ways that didn't exist 20 years ago," said Jed R. Brubaker, a University of Colorado at Boulder information scientist who has … [Read more...] about The ancient taboo of speaking ill of the dead sparks variety of online responses