Visit the Community Ofrendas (altars) at Fisher Paviliion, October 30 - November 7 at 11am - 9pm every day.
Dia de Muertos Festival Seattle is part of the Virtual Festál Series with generous support from 4Culture. The 2021 theme, "Where the World Gathers" links together the series of 24 free festivals presented throughout the year, each with a unique cultural focus, identity, and a range of engaging activities.
Dia de Muertos Festival Seattle was established in 1998 in the South Park neighborhood of Seattle and has been part of Festál since 2003. It is a popular festival produced by a committee of volunteers dedicated to preserving their culture and traditions. Their mission is to build bridges of understanding and bonds of union between families and collectively in community.
Dia de Muertos, or Day of the Dead, honors the spirits of our departed loved ones, reconnecting through celebration and remembrance. With roots in ancient Mesoamerican civilizations from Aztecs to Toltec, Dia de Muertos survived centuries of colonial oppression and remains a treasured holiday throughout the modern Latinx diaspora. It is not a day to mourn, but a time to celebrate that Death is an integral, ever present part of Life and we are connected through the cycle.
Community Ofrenda (Altar)
October 30 – November 7, 11am – 9pm
Fisher Pavilion (FREE admission)
- The festival offers a week-long Community Ofrenda (altar) open to the public.
- It features personal altar displays constructed by members of the community along with a monumental altar in Michoacan style.
- The altars pays respect to those who have lost their lives, especially victims of the pandemic, which has been such a significant impact on their community.
- A tapete, traditional sand painting, will also be featured along with the twice daily showing of the film, Calling Home the Dead.
- Visitors may bring a photo or card dedicated to the person to place on the altars
Message from DDMFS Committee:"We feel compelled to open a space within our celebration to remember those who have passed recently and let the community know that, more than ever, we will be here for them once again. We would like to share our sacred space, from our hearts, to yours!"