Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, is a traditional Mexican celebration where friends and families gather to celebrate, remember and prepare special foods in honor of those who have died.  Last November members of The Children’s Room staff attended a traditional Day of the Dead celebration at The Forest Hills Educational Trust. Read on to learn more about this year’s festival.

For more information about the history, rituals and celebrations related to the Day of the Dead please visit their website:

Day of the Dead Sunday, November 2nd @ 4:00-6:00 pm at Forest Hills Cemetery, Jamaica Plain, MA

Join members of your community for a traditional Mexican celebration of remembrance co-sponsored by Latin American folkloric performance group La Pinata a program of Spontaneous Celebrations. Based on the ancient traditions of Mexico’s indigenous peoples who believed that the souls of the dead return each year to visit their families, the Day of the Dead celebrates the continuous cycle of life and death, embracing cultures from all throughout the Americas. Enjoy a program of music and dance as individuals bring offerings of flowers, copies of photos, mementos, and traditional skull-shaped sugar candies to leave on a decorated candle-lit altar for those departed loved ones.

Dress warmly. Bring a flashlight. Bilingual: English/Spanish.

Admission: Free!

Co-sponsored by La Piñata and Spontaneous Celebrations.

Visit them at http://www.spontaneouscelebrations.org.