Dia de los Muertos

Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, can seem superficially like a Mexican version of Halloween – same time of year, involving elaborate dress and decorations. But Dia de los Meurtos is a serious holiday nothing like the frivolity of Halloween. During the two-day event, people remember and celebrate their beloved family members who have died, with music, food, sugar skulls, altars, and other traditions.

There are many celebrations in the D.C. area. Some of the best, all free, are:

Here are the typical faces and other scenes you may see this weekend (most of these images are from past celebrations in Petworth and Mount Pleasant):

Arlington Arts Center, 2018 projections by Edgar Reyes and Robin Bell

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  1. We love the post about this rich cultural event but also
    noticed majority of your photos are from Petworth Arts Collaboratives first Dia de los Muertos event. Mind if we get a mention?

    1. So sorry to have overlooked this! We’ve added it to the story, and had a great time when we went to the 2017 celebration in Petworth – thanks!

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