Tournament of Roses Announces Its Second Annual Día de los Muertos Art Competition

The Pasadena Tournament of Roses invites you to join its second annual Dia de los Muertos art competition
Published on Sep 2, 2021

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The Pasadena Tournament of Roses announced Thursday the second annual Día de los Muertos art competition, a celebration of art. In partnership with the Mexican Consulate in Los Angeles and the Lucille & Edward R. Roybal Foundation, winners will be awarded scholarships and gift cards in three age categories: 4-8, 9-13 and 14-18.

A tradition in Mexico and Central America that goes back more than 3,000 years, Día de los Muertos is an annual holiday that is now celebrated around the world. A celebration of life and death, the holiday spans two days, during which it is believed that the spirit world and the real world become one, even if only for a moment. When it comes to traditions, festivities and flowers – we get the appeal. As an organization that’s all about a rose, the Pasadena Tournament of Roses can appreciate that the marigold holds such a prestigious place in this celebration.

Submissions are due by noon on Friday, October 8, the Tournament said, and promised winners will be revealed on October 30 (details to come).

To enter, you must be between the ages of 4 and 18. Your masterpiece can take any shape or form, as long as it celebrates, reflects and honors the traditions of Día de los Muertos.

Here are few ideas of what you can create and submit:

• Construct an ofrenda (altar)
• Create a floral arrangement
• Make a traditional Dia de los Muertos costume
• Paint a face with traditional Dia de los Muertos makeup
• Create an art piece featuring marigolds and/or monarch butterflies
• Build a visual art presentation
• Make and decorate a Sugar Skull
• Write a literary calavera

To help inspire you, here are samples from winners of the 2020 Dia de los Muertos art competition:

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