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:
- National Museum of the American Indian – Saturday and Sunday
- Mexican Cultural Institution – Saturday
- National Portrait Gallery – Saturday evenin
- Arlington Arts Center – Saturday evening
- Petworth Arts Collaborative – calendar of events
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):