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Last updated: 10/31/18

Día de Muertos at Copley Square

Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Emilio Rabasa, the Consul General of Mexico in Boston, invite you to celebrate Día de Muertos and those whose memories we keep alive.

In traditional Mexican homes, every November 1 and 2, departed family members are remembered with altars lovingly decorated with photographs, papel picado, offerings of fruit, favorite food and drink, candles, and masses of fragrant orange marigolds, la flor de cempasuchil.

Marigolds, with their bright orange color and scent, are thought to guide the spirits home. The City of Boston’s altar in Copley Square will contain 500 pots of marigolds, grown from seed and tended to since August by Boston Parks Department horticulturalists. You can upload photos of your loved ones to have them displayed at the altar:

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Schedule of events:
  • November 1 and 2, 12 - 9 p.m., Copley Square: Traditional Altar de Muertos
  • November 1, 5:30 p.m. and November 2, 3 p.m., Copley Hall (Rabb Hall), Free showing of "Coco"
  • November 2, 5:30 p.m.: Speaking program

There will also be food, music, and more during the two-day event.