Día de los Muertos / Day of the Dead Celebration


Sunday, November 1, 2020, 3:00pm

Virtual Celebration: 3:00-5:00 pm 

Join us online for an afternoon of community and joyful remembrance. Write an online message of love, watch a master craftsman create papel picado in Mexico, listen to traditional verses in English and Spanish, craft a cempasúchil flower for the departed, ask questions about our ofrenda and learn a Mexican folk dance. 

Activities (recommended to download before the event)

Make a skull mask 
Make papel picado (cut paper banner)
Make cempasúchil flower

Online Virtual Schedule (subject to change)

  • Opening

  • Mariachi Veritas songs

  • Meet the ofrenda with Harvard professor Davíd Carrasco

  • Papel picado demonstration with Eloy Ortega, Mexico

  • Calaveritas reading with members of the Consulate General of Mexico in Boston and students at the National Autonomous University of Mexico-Boston Center for Mexican Studies

  • Mariachi Veritas songs

  • Mexican dancing with Massachusetts-based artists

  • Messages of love postings 

Outdoor Candle Lighting 5:30–7:00 pm

Stop by the Peabody Museum anytime from 5:30 to 7:00 pm, for a short moment of personal reflection. The front steps of the museum will be set up as an outdoor altar and staff will distribute lighted candles to visitors (one per group while supplies last) in remembrance of those we have lost. Upon arrival, visitors will be directed to a one-way line to maintain safe distances. The museum respectfully requests that visitors keep their time in front of the temporary altar to one minute so everyone can be safely accommodated with social distancing protocols. Arrive on foot or by bicycle. Drivers may use free on-street parking on Kirkland, Oxford or nearby streets. Divinity Avenue will be closed to vehicles. Outdoor Candle Lighting is weather-permitting; check the museum’s website by 4:30 pm on November 1 for updates.


Co-sponsored by the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & EthnologyHarvard Museums of Science & Culture, the Consulate General of Mexico in Boston, and the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Harvard University.


Click here to register for the free Virtual Celebration 3:00–5:00 pm To join the program, you will need to download the free Zoom app in advance. If you already have Zoom, you do not need to download it again. For details on how to improve your Zoom experience, visit the How to Attend an HMSC Program webpage.


See also: Virtual, Mexico