Sponsored by the Fund Lab.

You may be familiar with the “drink-ups” we hold from time to time. But we’re about to go somewhere new: our first “eat-up” as a fundraiser for Indivisible Somerville. Come and celebrate Day of the Dead, enjoy good company, and support IS!

Our very own IS lead Zayda Ortiz will be cooking up some Mexican dishes. We’ll also be serving wine from New Zealand and local craft beer. (Yes, we’re fudging the theme a bit with the alcohol, but trust us, it will be good.)

Cost: It’s up to you, but we request a minimum donation of $25 per person. If you’re wondering, yes, that price includes alcohol.

Space is limited! Reserve your seat by filling out this RSVP form.

Payment methods:

  • Paypal to paypal.me/indivisiville
  • Venmo @Indivisiville
  • In person at the dinner with cash, check, or credit/debit card

We hope to see you then!

Here is some background on the Day of the Dead:

Día de los Muertos originated in ancient Mesoamerica (Mexico and northern Central America) where indigenous groups, including Aztec, Maya, and Toltec, set aside part of the year to commemorate loved ones who had passed away. After the arrival of the Spanish, this ritual of commemorating the dead was intertwined with two Spanish holidays: All Saints’ Day on November 1st, and All Soul’s Day on November 2nd. Día de los Muertos is often celebrated on November 1st as a day to remember children who have passed away, and on November 2nd to honor adults.

The Mesoamericans believed that death was part of the journey of life. Far from an end, they saw death as a source of new life. Día de los Muertos is an opportunity to remember and celebrate the lives of those who live no more.

The Ofrenda is a temporary altar made to honor departed loved ones. Items such as pictures of the deceased, some of their belongings, or things they liked, are placed with the Ofrenda to provide comfort to loved ones as they are said to revisit the land of the living. Every Ofrenda also includes items representing the four elements:

  • Water – a favorite beverage of the deceased
  • Earth – a favorite food
  • Wind – Papel picado, or traditional paper banners
  • Fire – candles

Finally, the Ofrenda is decorated with cempasúchil, a type of marigold flower native to Mexico. Their strong scent and vibrant color petals are used to make a path that leads the spirits from the cemetery to their families’ homes.

Monarch butterflies are believed to carry the spirits of the departed home. This belief stems from the fact that the first monarchs arrive in Mexico for the winter each fall on November 1st, which coincides with Día de los Muertos. Skeletons and skulls are not seen as morbid symbols, but rather as an absurd reminder of the cyclicality of life. This is why they are traditionally brightly decorated and doing whimsical things.