Honor Your Ancestors
by M. Sophie Hamad
For those unfamiliar with Día de Los Muertos﹘the Day of the Dead, a holiday ritual built on honoring one’s ancestors﹘Nuevo will be the perfect place to become better acquainted.
According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), which recently added this indigenous festivity to its Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, Día de los Muertos “commemorates the transitory return to Earth of deceased relatives and loved ones.”
It begins October 31, which means you can spend Halloween evening sipping excellent tequila and taking in a little international studies education all at once. Nuevo will even provide face painters to ensure you fit in as they celebrate tradition.
While Día de los Muertos shares a date with the Catholic observance of All Saints’ Day, the main thing the two festivities have in common are the feasts. Día de los Muertos celebrations incorporate pre-sixteenth-century pagan religious rites, from a time before European settlers introduced their Christian beliefs to the area, and puts an emphasis on facilitating deceased relatives’ return to Earth with offerings at the grave of favorite meals, flowers, candles, crafts and candies, such as the notorious sugar skulls.
Nuevo’s new fall menu will be available both days. In addition, on November 2, Nuevo will be hosting its first Tequila Dinner at 6 pm: four courses paired with tequila for $60 per person.
Special beverage offerings will include signature cocktails and a line of Day of the Dead themed beers produced by Cervesa De Los Muertos, as well as Perro Nuevo, a Thirsty Dog dark lager exclusive to Nuevo.
And they’ll likely have some desserts to die for, because they always do.
Nuevo’s Día de Los Muertos Celebration
Saturday, October 31 and Monday, November 2
Nuevo Modern Mexican Tequila Bar and Cantina
54 E Mill St, Akron, OH 44308