This year celebrate the lives of your deceased loved ones and other people you’ve admired, or the many people we’ve lost this year, by remembering and honoring their life in a special way. Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead, is a Mexican holiday that takes place on November 1 and 2, where communities and families come together to honor the lives of the dead through celebrations, building ofrendas, preparing favorite foods, music and more. Celebrations vary throughout regions and homes, but it is a beautiful way remember those we’ve lost and celebrate who they were, by welcoming their spirits back to visit for one night.
We’ve gathered some resources for learning about and celebrating this important holiday at home with your loved ones.
Crafts, Events & Ideas to Celebrate:
- Make a nicho box and/or flower crown with Ms. Alicia:
- Avenida de Altares: A Day of the Dead Celebration at the Mexican Heritage Plaza on October 30
- Day of the Dead Festival at Redwood City Courthouse Square on November 7
- Día de Los Muertos: A Holiday to Celebrate Life With Your Family
- DIY Papel Picado: Make Cut Paper Banners for Day of the Dead
- Google Arts & Culture: Day of the Dead
- How to Make a Day of the Dead Altar
- KCET Online: Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead
- Marigold Project: Festival of Altars 2021
- Oakland Museum of CA: Virtual El Día de los Muertos
- Read This Before Doing Sugar Skull Makeup
- San Jose Museum of Art Día de los Muertos Celebration--Virtual event on October 23!
- Smithsonian’s Latino Center Day of the Dead Resources
- SOMArts Dreams Emerging, Beyond Resilience: Día de Los Muertos 2021
- Sugar Skull Making Instructions
- Find many craft ideas on our “Celebrating Cultures” Pinterest board
- Calavera Abecedario by Jeanette Winter
- Clatter Bash! A Day of the Dead Celebration by Richard Cleminson Keep
- Day of the Dead by Linda Lowery
- Day of the Dead Crafts: More than 24 Projects That Celebrate Día de los Muertos by Jerry Vigil
- Just a Minute: A Trickster Tale & Counting Book by Yuyi Morales
- Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras by Duncan Tonatiuh
- La Catrina: Emotions/Emociones by Patty Rodriguez
- My Family Celebrates Day of the Dead by Lisa Bullard
- Paper Crafts for Day of the Dead by Randel McGee
- The Skeleton at the Feast: The Day of the Dead in Mexico by Elizabeth Carmichael
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