Día de los Muertos Day of the Dead Celebration


Sunday, November 1, 2020, 3:00pm to 5:00pm



A decorated altar with colorful skull, candles and flowers in remembrance for loved ones who have passed away;

Sunday, November 1, Zoom Event 3:00–5:00 pm

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. Advance registration is required.

Activities to Download (recommended to download before the event)


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 and interview with Massachusetts-based Grupo Quetzalli  
  • Messages of love postings

Canceled: Outdoor Candle Lighting 5:30–7:00 pm

The Outdoor Candle Lighting has been canceled due to weather. 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 this website by 4:30 pm on November 1 for updates.

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

Button with text: Register.

Registration is required for the free online Zoom event only. 

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.