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Dia de los Muertos Art Competition Invites Submissions

The Pasadena Tournament of Roses is inviting submissions for its first-ever nationwide Dia de los Muertos art competition. Since 1890, the Tournament of Roses Association has hosted a New Year’s Day parade featuring floral floats, marching bands, and equestrian units.

On its website, the Tournament of Roses Association said:

“A tradition in Mexico that goes back more than 3,000 years, Dia le 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.”

The competition is open to children ages 4-18 and submissions are due by October 28, 2020. Ideas for submissions include:

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

The Tournament of Roses Association will select three winners, one from each of the following age groups:

  • Ages 4-8
  • Ages 9-13
  • Ages 14-18

Prizes include scholarships and gift cards. To learn more about the competition, including submission guidelines, visit

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