The indigenous people of what is now modern-day Mexico practiced Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, as a celebration of the lives of loved ones who passed onto the afterlife and as a time to reunite with their spirits. It has been observed throughout Mexico and in parts of Latin America as a multiple-day tradition where families gather at cemeteries and homes to honor the dead through various rituals and customs. Thousands of years later, this tradition is now celebrated globally, primarily on Nov. 1 and 2.
Here are a few ways to celebrate Día de los Muertos around town.
LOUD Art Exhibition and Altar
The local nonprofit Latinos Organizing for Understanding and Development (LOUD) will host a Dia de Los Muertos art exhibition and altar presentation at the Common Wealth Gallery Nov. 3.
Care To Dance?
Some local establishments are hosting concerts and dances in the spirit of Día de los Muertos.
- Hasta La Muerte: A Day of the Dead show by Las Cafeteras will be at the Wisconsin Union Theatre Nov. 1
- Sotto will host ¡A Bailar! Nov. 1 featuring Latin dance lessons.
- Crucible is hosting a Day of the Dead karaoke night Nov. 1.
- Madison's is hosting a Día de los Muertos celebration featuring happy hour drinks and music from DJ Sister Juno Nov. 1.
Natalia Aldana, an editor at City Cast, contributed to this article.