You can count on El Camino to celebrate Day of the Dead (or “El Dia de los Muertos”) at the crossroads of party and tradition. We blend the multi-day Mexican event with our local Halloween spirit in a way that truly befits Fremont – the most eclectic, artistic neighborhood in Seattle (Sorry Capitol Hill. Sorry Ballard.).
El Dia de los Muertos is different than Halloween. On Day of the Dead people welcome home the spirits of their loved ones as part of the great journey of life. It’s a day of celebration in Mexico when spirits awaken to celebrate with family and friends.
We’ll be decorating El Camino with 1,000 marigolds and there will be candles glowing throughout the restaurant and bar (even more candles than we usually have). The marigold is believed to have mystical powers. The bright color and fresh fragrance of the flowers, along with candlelit altars, help guide spirits on their journey back home.
Perhaps the most important Dia de los Muertos tradition is partaking in the favorite foods and beverages of the dearly departed. People also create ofrenda to provide loved ones items they may need on their journey.
Perhaps a mezcal or margarita would honor someone who has passed? Or maybe a refreshing Tecate? Oh yeah, we also have tasty tacos and enchiladas, as well as homemade desserts (Try the tres leches, your ancestors will thank you).
Diners can get their face painted on Friday and Saturday nights in the traditional Calavera style. Calaveras are the distinctive decorative skulls that often represent interesting or funny characteristics of those deceased.
People usually celebrate Day of the Dead on November 2 in the U.S., which happens to be Saturday this year. Yayyy! What a great day to let it all hang out with some spirits passing through. You can rest up post-Halloween and then on Saturday night revive your own spirit with the favorite spirits of your favorite spirits.
Now that’s the spirit!