Oakland Dia de los Muertos 2020

Dia de los Muertos 2020The Unity Council Día de Los Muertos Annual Festival is a free, outdoor festival that celebrates the vibrant, culturally-rich Fruitvale neighborhood. This year, the event will feature both virtual and in-person, safe, physically distant activities, traditional Latin American artisans, and the stunning altar artistic installations created by community members paying homage to los Muertos. The Día de los Muertos Festival was inducted into the U.S. Library of Congress by Congresswoman Barbara Lee as a “Local Legacy.”

The 2020 theme is Lágrimas y Flores (Tears and Flowers) in honor of their 25th anniversary. “Among flowers we are received and among them we depart.”

For over 25 years, the Oakland Día de los Muertos Festival has invited thousands of people to celebrate the duality between life and death, by welcoming everyone to celebrate life while remembering and honoring late loved ones. The Día de los Muertos is a holiday observed since ancestral times by indigenous communities in Mexico. In the indigenous world-view of Mesoamerican cultures, life and death were perceived not as opposites but as two complementary elements that formed a complete cycle. Death as one stage in an eternal cycle of life, death, and regeneration.

Dia de los Muertos will be happening through November 15th
Learn more at the Dia Oakland website.

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