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Dates:Sunday, October 31, 2021 - Monday, November 1, 2021
Hours:Hours Vary see below
Ages:Kids, Teens, Adults
In/Outdoor:Outdoor
Cost:Free
Category:Holiday

dia de muertos day of the dead celebration photoThe City of Boston is teaming up with Boston’s Consulate General of Mexico to present a two-day Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration.

This year’s in-person celebration will again take place in Copley Square. The altar will be open for visitors between Sunday, October 31, from 10 a.m. to sunset, and Monday, November 1, from 10 a.m. to sunset.

Residents are invited to share their photos in this communal celebration to commemorate the loved ones we have lost.

Photo Submissions
Submissions received by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, October 27, will be displayed as part of the in-person and virtual altar (viewable at boston.gov/diademuertos).

History
Día de Muertos is celebrated in traditional Mexican homes where departed family members are remembered by altars lovingly decorated with photographs, papel picado paper decorations, offerings of fruit, favorite food and drink, and candles.

Day of the Dead altars or ‘ofrendas’ are set up by family and friends to commemorate the lives of departed loved ones.

The traditional celebration also includes masses of fragrant orange cempasúchil marigolds, also called the flor de muertos (flower of the dead) in Mexico, and used annually in the Day of the Dead. The marigolds, with their bright orange color and scent, are thought to guide the spirits home.

For the fourth year in a row, Boston’s citywide altar will contain hundreds of pots of marigolds, grown from seed by the Boston Parks Department gardeners.

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Altar open Sunday, October 31, and Monday, November 1, from 10:00am to sunset.
Submissions received by 5:00pm on Wednesday, October 27, will be displayed


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boston.gov/diademuertos

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south end of Franklin Park, in Scarboro Pond, Boston, MA map

south end of Franklin Park, in Scarboro Pond
Boston, MA

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