This event celebrates the unity of life and death, considered by many to be the most important holiday of the year in Mexico and other Latin American countries, although it is observed in Portugal, Spain, Philippines, Italy, 

 France, Poland, Slovakia, Lithuania,Croatia, Austria and Germany, just to name a few! Día de los Muertos is a very special time, when once a year, the spirits of loved ones who have died return to earth to celebrate this holiday with friends and family.


The premier Day of the Dead event in San Diego County, Old Town San Diego’s Día de los Muertos, is designed to celebrate the history, culture, and heritage of the region. Old Town’s legacy has a predominance of Mexican, Spanish, and Native American, and as a general melting pot, makes it the best site in San Diego to hold this special and beloved celebration.

Remember the Old Town San Diego’s Día de los Muertos is all about the history, culture, and heritage of the holiday. Through art, music, and ritual Día de los Muertos honors our ancestors and celebrates today’s community. The customs and culture are completely enveloped in the making of the altars, the food, music, decorations and crafts of the holiday. Enjoy!


The primary tradition connected with the Día de los Muertos holiday is the building of altars or ofrendas (offerings) honoring the deceased. Therefore, our primary focus of the celebration is also on the altars. You will find over 40 Old Town businesses, museums, and historic sites that are participating in the event.”What a difference a day (the Day of the Dead)

makes! In the U.S. in the past generation, a Latin American family/religious ritual has been reinvented as a holiday of ethnic pride that builds bridges between new and settled immigrants, between Latinos and Anglos, and across cultural identity, consumerism, and political protest.” Michael Schudson, author of The Good Citizen: A History of American Public Life.

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