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Seattle Center Festál presents Dia de Muertos Festival Seattle in partnership with Dia de Muertos Festival Seattle Committee. In 2003, UNESCO proclaimed the Day of the Dead a Masterpiece of the Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The festival continues to preserve the celebration for new generations to explore and understand its meaning in depth. The celebration is full of color, sounds, scents of incense, and marigold flowers.
This event is free and open to the public.
In 1998, a group of volunteers gathered to plan the first Day of the Dead in South Park. The celebration expanded from Concord Elementary School to other venues in the same area until 2003, when the festival moved to Seattle Center. Volunteers who believed in preserving the celebration as a legacy to our children worked hard to produce the festival. In 2013, a new committee was formed and continued the mission of enriching the cultural value to the community and the Puget Sound at large. The committee members are proud to share their history and traditions with all.
DID YOU KNOW?
Dia de Muertos dates back prior to the arrival of the Spaniards in the Americas. Historians say it could be as old as 2,000 years old, among different civilizations from Aztecs to Toltec.
It is a time to celebrate, not a day to mourn. People celebrate by placing an offering with food, fruit, and other items the departed liked when they were alive. Also, music and colorful ornaments placed around the offering welcome the spirit of the deceased.