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Community Event | Día de los Muertos Community Celebration

DIa de los muertos event poster

Wednesday, November 2, 2022

5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

North Burial Ground

Free and open to the public 

It’s time once again for the celebration of the Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). This is a time of love, honor and memory. It is not the Mexican Halloween! In the spirit of this popular Mexican holiday, everybody is invited to partake in this joyful celebration of the family and friends who passed away. Learn about the rich traditions and customs surrounding the Día de los Muertos and similar practices in other cultures.

FAMILY ACTIVITIES: Face painting will be offered ($5) to help you fully get into the spirit of Día de Los Muertos. Children of all ages will be able to make paper flowers for the ofrenda.

COMMUNITY ALTAR: Bring flowers and a photo of a deceased loved one you wish to remember and place it on our ofrenda (community altar). You may bring a luminary, but an open flame is not recommended. The ofrenda will accept offerings on November 2nd all day, starting at 8 am.

PROCESSION: A fun-filled procession through the cemetery will begin at 6:30 pm. Bring a luminary to carry as we honor the dead who are buried at North Burial Ground.

FOOD: Please feel free to bring a picnic dinner to the event!

PARKING & DIRECTIONS: No cars will be allowed inside the cemetery gates during the program. Parking is available on North Main Street and space is reserved for elders in the cemetery circle near the main gates. Pedestrians should enter North Burial Ground at the cemetery’s main gates or at the pedestrian gate at Rochambeau Street.

FREE! Families, children welcome.

A partnership among Rhode Island Latino Arts, The North Burial Ground, and the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology at Brown University.

More information here. 

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