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The Dia de los Muertos Observance

November 1, 2023 - 9:57 am

Dia de Muertos/Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead  is a two day festival celebrated November 1st and 2nd in Mexico and parts of Latin America to honor our loved ones who passed away.

KBCS spoke with Barbara Rodriguez, Producer and Artistic Director and Matt Hooks, Producer of Seattle Center Dia de Muertos festival about what the Day of the Dead holiday is about and what’s often found as part of the ofrenda, or altar for this season.

They also describe the beginnings of the Catarina, the skeleton depicted as wearing fancy dresses and a large hat in prints and sculptures in Mexican culture.

Some Dia de Muertos Events in our region:

El Centro de la Raza Dia de los Muertos (Seattle Beacon Hill neighborhood)

Burien Dia de los Muertos

Auburn Dia de los Muertos

Issaquah Dia de los Muertos

Dia de los Muertos Fest (Seattle Phinney Neighborhood)

Producer: Yuko Kodama

Photo: Jesse Means