Celebrate Day of the Dead in Cactus Land

This is the third time the Strathmerton site has hosted an event celebrating the traditional Mexican holiday.

Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, celebrates deceased loved ones and life itself, with traditions such as offerings, yellow marigold flowers and fancy dress with painted Calavera (skull) faces.

Cactus Country event organizer Shamim Hussain said they went “a bit bigger” for this year’s event.

“It’s a great way to bring the local community to something a little different; not many people probably know about the holidays, so it’s good to educate people too, ”she said.

“We encourage you to dress up, you don’t have to, but we’ll also have the makeup artist here if you want to get into the spirit.”

Guests will receive a drink upon arrival — either Corona beer or cider, to keep with the theme — and Mexican tapas-style canapes will be served.

Entertainment will feature mariachi band Los Romanticos and a fire dancer from FireLily, as well as makeup and a glitter tattoo artist.

The venue will be decorated with all the holiday traditions and scenic photo spaces will be set up for some souvenir shots of the night past.

The event will take place on Saturday, November 5 from 7 p.m. to midnight at Cactus Country, 4986 Murray Valley Hwy, Strathmerton.

Day of the Dead is an 18+ event and tickets are $135 per person, available at cactuscountry.com.au or at the Cactus Country reception.

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