Halloween is not the only holiday Oct. 31!
Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a Mexican holiday that is observed on the three days leading up to All Souls’ Day. It is a time for both honoring and celebrating the memories of loved ones who have passed away. Elaborate altars are built in memory of the deceased and are decorated with sugar skulls, marigolds and tokens of the lives they left behind.
Here are some Dia de los Muertos events hosted in Berkeley! Honor the memory of a loved one who is no longer with you as you are enjoying these festivities.
Dia de los Muertos Exhibit in Kroeber Hall
Kroeber Hall is hosting a Dia de los Muertos art exhibit and celebration. Artwork by students, staff and faculty will be on display. On Sunday, there will be a special reception with live music, refreshments and face painting. The event is free and open to the public.
Gathering Tribes’ 20th Annual Dia de los Muertos Procession & Community Altar
Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
Aztec dancing group Cuauhtli Mitotiani Mexica will lead a procession from the corner of Solano Avenue and the Alameda to a community altar at the Gathering Tribes crafts store. Attendees are encouraged to bring candles, offerings and photos of loved ones to the altar.
Dia de los Muertos Party at Kip’s
Saturday, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
The Latino Business Student Association is hosting a Dia de los Muertos party at Kip’s Bar on Durant Avenue. Tickets are $8 presale or $10 at the door. You must be 18 or older to party and 21 or older to drink. Party-goers are welcome to dress up or wear skull candy face paint.
Día de los Muertos at La Peña Cultural Center
Saturday, 8 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Graduate Students de la Raza are hosting their second annual Dia de los Muertos celebration in La Pena Cultural Center. There will be face-painting and late-night dancing. Tickets are $5 at the door and all proceeds go to Graduate Students de la Raza. The event is for those 21 and older.
Dia de los Muertos Celebration in Gourmet Ghetto
Sunday, 5-9 p.m.
On Sunday, Shattuck Avenue will be closed between Rose and Vine streets for the sixth annual Dia de los Muertos celebration. There will be food trucks, arts and crafts vendors, free face-painting and DIY art projects. Members of the community can create their own altars that dancers will bless in a candlelight procession.
Image Sources: Eric S., Richard Cawood, Keoki Seu under Creative Commons