Despite what its name implies, Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is actually a two-day event, celebrated on Nov 1st and 2nd each year. It is an opportunity to reflect on and send prayers to those who have passed away, and to connect with their spirits.
Our multi-talented DJ Jose Ruiz has once again graced our front windows with two matching calaveras painted with white tempura paint. As it happens, Jose’s regular Thursday night DJ slot falls on the second night of Dia de los Muertos, and he will again DJ a special set that focuses on songs that nod to the theme of death in some shape or form.
In addition to Jose’s calaveras, Comal is looking festive this week with strings of colorful, intricate papel picado (literally, “cut paper”) over the dining room and soon we will be lining the dining area with marigolds. The marigolds are a symbol of death, referred to as the “flower of the dead”. Marigolds are often sprinkled on Dia de los Muertos altars and also on graves, sometimes fashioned into elaborate arches. In some villages, people leave a trail of marigolds from their front door to their loved one’s grave, so that the deceased may easily find their way back home again. The attractive scent of the marigold is said to draw them back to earth for the yearly Dia de los Muertos reunion.
Papel picado hangs from the ceiling of Comal’s dining room
On Wednesday and Thurdsay nights, we will also be sending everyone home with a slice of pan de muerto, a special sweet egg bread adorned with “bones” on the top baked for Dia de los Muertos.
Group Dining at Comal
With the holidays fast approaching, Comal has two great options for gatherings of family and friends or business holiday parties – Table 30 and Abajo.
Table 30 is our community table in the front of the restaurant – it seats 8-11 people on long benches. Abajo is our cozy private dining room located in our cellar – it seats 12-22 people. In both cases we offer a multi-course, fixed price menu that can be tailored to the specific needs of your party. For Abajo, we have also created special custom cocktails for parties with names to match on several occasions.
For further information and to inquire about available dates for either of our group dining options, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org