Celebrate Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) at Philadelphia’s LOVE Park

Dia de los Muertos group in LOVE ParkCostumed Dia de los Muertos performers in LOVE Park with City Hall in the background. (Image via the City of Philadelphia)

PHILADELPHIA, PA — Philadelphia’s Office of Children and Families, the Parks and Recreation Commission, and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation have announced upcoming Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebrations at LOVE Park.

Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a tradition celebrated in Mexico on the 1st and 2nd of each November. It is a joyful time that helps people remember the deceased and honor their memory.

To honor their deceased loved ones, people build altars in their homes for Día de los Muertos. At these altars:

  • Orange and yellow flowers, especially marigolds, provide decoration.
  • People leave ofrendas, offerings to their loved ones’ souls. These include tamales, chilis, water, tequila, and, a special bread.
  • Candles illuminate photos and mementos of the deceased.
  • Families read letters and poems and tell stories and jokes about the dead.
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Día de los Muertos began hundreds of years ago in Mexico and northern Central America. It is a blend of Aztec, Mayan, Toltec, and Catholic traditions. Now, people celebrate the event in many parts of the world. You can experience Día de los Muertos locally in LOVE Park.

Día de los Muertos events:

Day of the Dead at LOVE Park 2021 Kick-off Event
When: Friday, October 15 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Where: LOVE Park, 1501 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19102<

Kick-off Day of the Dead in LOVE Park with:

  • An altar created by Mexican artist Cesar Viveros.
  • Music by “Los Guachinangos” band, playing Jarocho folk music.
  • Aztec dances by “Calpulli kamastle Xiuhcoatl.
  • Food for sale from El Burrito Feliz starting at 3 p.m.

The altar will be on display until Tuesday, November 2.

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Day of the Dead Bike Ride
When: October 31 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The community is invited for a bike ride from South Philadelphia to LOVE Park. Visit the altar and learn about Day of the Dead with Mexican writer José Carlos Pérez Sámano. Email for more information about this event.

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