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Celebrate “Dia de los Muertos” With Lots Of Music & Food!

Join the candlelight procession as the dead are remembered. Homemade altars are on display and a giant piñata is broken open. Featuring food, drinks, crafts, entertainment, and alters. The "Dia de los Muertos" honors [All Saints' Day]. A procession to the San Albino Cemetery will leave from the plaza.

History Of The Event

dodNow celebrated in countries around the world, Dia de los Muertos, or [“Day of the Dead”], is a two-day holiday which originated in Mexico to remember deceased loved ones. It’s a Mexican national holiday and the country’s largest celebration of the year, but Dia de los Muertos extends well beyond to Guatemala, Brazil, Spain and Mexican-American communities in the United States.

The observance is November 1st and 2nd, coinciding with the Catholic [All Saints’ Day] and [All Souls’ Day]. Typically, the two-day celebration is divided into separate days to honor deceased youth, Dia de los Inocentes [Day of the Innocents] or Dia de los Angelitos [Day of the Little Angels] on November 1st, and adults for Dia de los Muertos on November 2nd. In some beliefs, it is a three-day holiday beginning on October 31st, [All Hallows Eve], when some believe the souls of young children arise at midnight.

Not to be confused with Halloween, this holiday has a rich history and involves more than dressing up in costumes or trick-or-treating.

On Dia de los Muertos, families gather to celebrate those who have died as well as build altars in their homes, schools or other public places to pay homage to the deceased. Many honor the dead with gifts of sugar skulls, chocolate, marigolds (the Mexican flower of death), sweetbreads and trinkets. Families also typically visit graves to deliver the ofrendas, or “offerings,” and hold vigils with candles and photos.

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Mesilla Plaza

South on Highway 28

Mesilla, NM 88046

Phone: (575) 524-3662

Event Info

Date: Saturday, Noon - 7:00 p.m. | Sunday, Noon - 5:00 p.m. | Wednesday, 6:00 p.m.

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