It's the time of the year where we reunite the living and the dead. The tradition of Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) continues in Old Town this year. But of course, things will look: little different.
Old Town San Diego will have a Mercado de Arte at the north side of the lot across from the Market, Theatre and Trolley stop on Saturday October 30th. On November 2nd Old Town will be hosting the traditional procession to the El Campo Santo cemetery displaying a public altar.
Tour of Altars
You will also find Old Town decorated in honor of the holiday. There will de over 16 ofrendas (altars) around Old Town businesses. The altars will be on display until November 15th so you have time to
view each one while keeping a safe distance.
The Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos), is a Mexican holiday where families welcome back the souls of their deceased relatives for a reunion that includes food, drink and celebration. Families create special altars displaying offerings of food, candles, incense, ocre yellow marigolds and pictures of those who have died.
Procesión to the Cemetery
Tue. Nov 2, 2021 • 5:00PM
Old Town San Diego's Día de los Muertos is held each year on November 1 and 2 and is a celebration of the history, culture, and heritage of the region that honors one of its most important holidays. It is believed at this time that the spirits of loved ones who have died return to earth to celebrate with friends and family, during this happy, festive, very artistic, and visually stimulating time. Some believe that the spirits come back in the form of the Monarch butterfly.
November 1st is "el Dia de los Inocentes," or the day of the children, and All Saints Day. November 2 is All Souls Day or the Day of the Dead. According to tradition, the gates of heaven are opened at midnight on October 31 and the spirits of children can rejoin their families for 24 hours. The event consists of three major themes:Remembrance, Community and Celebration.
There is a MAP available at Old Town businesses that support and participate in this event. You will find shops, galleries, museums, and restaurants where many will be offering traditional entertainment, art shows, crafts, sugar skull face painting, and/or special menus.
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