Celebrate Day of the Dead at Prague Market with costumes, music, and churros

Travel to Mexico for an afternoon filled with carnival fun, traditional food, and Mariachi music.

Ioana Caloianu

Written by Ioana Caloianu Published on 01.11.2022 17:00:00 (updated on 30.11.2022) Reading time: 4 minutes

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Carnival masks and costumes, music, workshops, delicious food and drinks – you can find all of these at the Dia de Los Muertos (Mexican Day of the Dead) on Nov. 2, starting at 4:00 p.m. at Pražská tržnice (Prague Market) in the Praha 7 neighborhood of Holešovice. 

The event takes place under the auspices of the Embassy of Mexico in the Czech Republic, with the participation of Mexico Ambassador to Czechia Rosaura Leonora Rueda Gutierrez. 

Whether visitors arrive dressed in carnival costumes, get an original face painting from one of the painters present at the market, or want to enjoy the atmosphere of a Mexican afternoon, everyone who wants to enjoy the smells, tastes, rhythms, and customs of sunny Mexico is welcome.

The gastro zone will offer Mexican specialties and an exciting music program. In the afternoon, children can take part in a special program and listen to Little Lupitina González's Tales, and lovers of South American rhythms can dance as the spirit moves them.

The program is suitable for indoor and outdoor spaces, so the event will take place in any weather.

The Mexican Day of the Dead starts at 4 p.m. in Hall 13 of the Prague Market with a children's program that lasts until 7:30 p.m. Children can dive into the fun of making masks, toys, and other beautiful accessories associated with the Mexican Day of the Dead.

In the meantime, adults can shop for accessories and thematic decorations in the sales section of the event or head to Hall 13 for a good drink. 

The event for adults starts at 7:30 p.m.; the afternoon family program includes a gastro zone with traditional Mexican dishes as well as other Latin American specialties – for example, authentic Argentinian grill. 

The host of both the afternoon and evening parties is Mariachi Azteca de Praga, the most famous Mexican band in the Czech Republic, which has been bringing authentic Mexican folk music to the home audience for many years, glam-hip hop Mexican group Lozt Mezcal, and DJ Baltazar and DJ Gadjo.

"The theme of celebrating the dead appears in many cultures, and it's good that it's no longer taboo to talk about the dead in Czechia either. We get in touch with our souls, through the lighting of candles and quiet recollections. I would say that it wasn't until Halloween and the influence of other, especially Eastern, cultures that shifted our Western perception of departure to the afterlife. The Mexican Day of the Dead is an event not only meant to entertain, but also to broaden our horizons in the perception of a topic that we have always rather quietly avoided," said Tomáš Hübl, chairman of the board of Výstaviště Praha a.s., which manages the Prague Market.

Day of the Dead as a celebration of life

The Day of the Dead in Mexico is celebrated between Oct. 31 and Nov. 2. During this holiday, Mexicans remember their loved ones who have passed away with a colorful festival that celebrates their afterlife. 

"Traditions and significant days are part of Prague Market's program. But we always want to remember them a little differently, offer a different perspective and an unusual experience. I believe that the Mexican Day of the Dead - a carnival and a real celebration of those who are no longer here with us - can be enjoyed by a wide range of visitors of all ages, not just families with children. After all, an evening party with Latin rhythms can immediately draw you in," adds Michal Tošovský, program director of the Prague Market.

Program for Nov. 2 at the Prague Market

Hall 13 (for children):

  • 4 p.m. Children's program - workshops, children's theater performances, and the creation of carnival masks
  • 5 p.m. Stories of little Lupitina González – children's theater (approx. 50 minutes, capacity 70 spectators)
  • 7:30 p.m. End of children's program and creative workshops

Outdoor areas (space between Hall 13 and Hall 17):

  • 4 p.m. Gastro zone open until 11 p.m. or until stock runs out; with tacos, burritos, quesadillas, churros, and other Mexican specialties as well as delicacies from the South American region. Drinks include Mexican beer, Argentinian wines, or themed cocktails.
  • 6 p.m. Mariachi Azteca de Praga (afternoon performance)

Hall 13 (for adults):

  • 6 p.m. DJ Baltazar
  • 7:30 p.m. Mariachi Azteca de Praga (evening performance)
  • 8:00 p.m. Lozt Mezcal
  • 9 p.m. DJ Gadjo (ends at 11 p.m.)
  • Throughout the event Hall 13 will serve alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks

Admission for adults and youth aged 16 and over is CZK 150 advance sale or CZK 180 on-site; children (aged 7–15) is 60 CZK in advance or 80 CZK on the spot; children aged 0–6 free when accompanied by an adult.

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