To honor their deceased loved ones, people build altars in their homes for Día de los Muertos. At these altars:
- Orange and yellow flowers, especially marigolds, provide decoration.
- People leave ofrendas, offerings to their loved ones’ souls. These include tamales, chilis, water, tequila, and pan de muerto, a special bread.
- Candles illuminate photos and mementos of the deceased.
- Families read letters and poems and tell stories and jokes about the dead.
Día de los Muertos began hundreds of years ago in Mexico and northern Central America. It is a blend of Aztec, Mayan, Toltec, and Catholic traditions. Now, people celebrate the event in many parts of the world. You can experience Día de los Muertos locally in LOVE Park.
Join us for two Día de los Muertos events:
Day of the Dead at LOVE Park 2021 Kick-off Event
Where: LOVE Park, 1501 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19102
Kick-off Day of the Dead in LOVE Park with:
- An altar created by Mexican artist Cesar Viveros.
- Music by “Los Guachinangos” band, playing Jarocho folk music.
- Aztec dances by “Calpulli kamastle Xiuhcoatl.”
- Food for sale from El Burrito Feliz starting at 3 p.m.
Day of the Dead Bike Ride
When: October 31 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
These events are presented in collaboration with:
Consulate of Mexico in Philadelphia
Mexican Cultural Center
The Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs
Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia