Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead)

Día de Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a traditional observance that is celebrated in Mexico and parts of Central America and the United States. It is celebrated yearly on November 1 and 2. Día de los Muertos is a time when families spend time at the cemetery, visiting the graves of their relatives, cleaning and perhaps painting the headstones, arranging flowers, and lighting candles.

It is also the time when families construct special home altars dedicated to the spirits of their deceased loved ones. The altars range from simple to very elaborate and can be filled with objects that provided pleasure to the departed person in life, including favorite food and drink. Altars dedicated to the spirits of deceased children often include toys, candy and other sweets.

Library Events

Pima County Public Library branches often host Día de Muertos-related activities, including altar-building crafts and sugar skull decorating workshops during October and November.


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Updated 11/3/2021