If you’ll be celebrating Día de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead, in Greater Miami this year—a fantastic choice, given how richly South Florida marks the holiday—we hope you’ll make a Mexican meal at La Cerveceria de Barrio here in South Beach part of the festivities! We offer group and private dining setups perfect for holiday occasions: not least such a food- and togetherness-associated one such as this.
The Day of the Dead: An Opportunity to Reflect & Celebrate
Día de los Muertos is today widely marked across Latin America as well as the United States, but its origins lie in pre-Columbian Mexico. Aztec traditions associated with honoring the dead form its basis; the influence of Spanish Catholicism in colonial times helped fuse these ancient practices with the Christian observances of All Saints’ Eve, All Saints’ Day, and All Souls’ Day (aka Allhallowtide). In accordance with the latter, Day of the Dead festivities came to be associated with the period from October 31st through November 2nd.
The Day of the Dead honors friends and loved ones who’ve passed away, and more broadly acknowledges how life and death come bound to one another. Altars called ofrendas memorialize the deceased with their photographs, marigold arrangements, food and drinks they loved, and very often the festive skulls (calaveras) and skeletons (calacas) that help symbolize Día de los Muertos the world over. Families visit cemeteries to spend time with those who’ve passed on, often leaving gifts at the graves.
Celebrating the Day of the Dead in Greater Miami
From private observances to parties and parades, the Day of the Dead comes heartily celebrated in Greater Miami. One of the largest Día de los Muertos festivals in the country takes place in Downtown Fort Lauderdale on November 2nd: the Florida Day of the Dead Celebration, which features ballet folklorico and musical performances, an arts-and-crafts marketplace (the Craft Crypt), and a Skeleton Processional led by mariachi groups, among other festivities.
Join Us for a Group Day of the Dead Meal at La Cerveceria de Barrio
We’d love to host you and your party for a group feast of world-class Mexican cuisine here in South Beach at La Cerveceria de Barrio. From semi-private and fully private dining areas to complete buyouts, we can accommodate communal meals and events of all sorts. To arrange your Día de los Muertos lunch or dinner at either our Ocean Drive or Lincoln Road location, simply fill out our group dining form and we’ll follow up with you promptly to make it happen!