Seattle Center Festál presents Dia de Muertos – A Mexican Celebration to Remember Our Departed in partnership with Dia de Muertos Festival Committee. “In 2003 the Unesco proclaimed the Day of the Dead a Masterpiece of the Cultural Heritage of Humanity. We continue preserving this celebration for the new generations to explore and understand the meaning of it in depth. This celebration is full of color, sounds and the smell of incense and marigold flowers. This event is free and open to the public.
In 1998, a group of volunteers gathered to put together the first day of the dead in South Park. This continued from Concord Elementary School to other venues in the same area until 2003 when the festival moved into Seattle Center. Volunteers who believed in preserving this celebration in order to leave a legacy to our children have produced this festival. In 2013, a new committee was formed and we have continued with the mission to enrich the cultural value to our community and the Puget Sound at large. Our committee members are proud to share our history and traditions to all.
DID YOU KNOW?
Dia de Muertos dates back prior to the arrival of the Spaniards to the Americas. Historians say that it could be as old as 2,000 years celebration among different civilizations from Aztecs back to Toltec.
This is a time to celebrate, not a day to mourn. People celebrate by placing an offering with food, fruit, and other offering the departed liked when he or she was alive. Also, there is music and colorful ornaments placed around the offering to welcome the spirit of the diseased.