For Immediate Release

Two Day of the Dead Events: Twice the Fun!

(Cambridge, September 24, 2012)The Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology and the Consulate General of Mexico present two events for Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos). Tickets for the Fiesta are limited, and will be available Monday, October 22 at 9 AM.

Friday November 2, 2012: Day of the Dead Fiesta

6:00 to 8:30 PM

The Fiesta will feature live music by Mariachi Véritas de Harvard and Los Mezcales. Visitors can see this year's ofrenda (altar), taste some pan de muerto (bread of the dead), sip hot chocolate, and much more. Admission to the Fiesta is free, and tickets are required.* Tickets are available starting at 9 AM on October 22 at or by stopping by the Peabody Museum Front Desk. Call the Front Desk at 617-496-1027 to check availability. Limited parking is available at the 52 Oxford St. Garage.

*Get in to the Fiesta without a ticket: bring your Peabody Museum membership card or come dressed as your favorite late great calavera (skeleton) musician. Elvis, anyone? Ritchie Valens, maybe? Prizes will be awarded for best calavera musician costumes.


Saturday, November 3, 2012: Day of the Dead Family Festival

Noon to 4:00 PM

The Family Festival will feature craft activities including papel picado (colorful Mexican paper decorations), photo ops with friendly festive skeletons, calaca masks (decorating skull masks in the Day of the Dead-style), paper marigolds (making distinctive Day of the Dead decorations), and the popular Sugar Skull Workshops (decorating calaveritas--traditional sugar skulls). Admission is free with regular Museum admission. No tickets or reservations are required. Sugar Skull Workshops are an additional $5.00/skull. Limited parking is available at the 52 Oxford St. Garage until 4:00 PM. For further information, contact the Education Department at or 617-495-3216.

The Fiesta is sponsored by the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University; the Consulate General of Mexico in Boston; the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico; the Mexican Restaurant Association; and Nomad.

Day of the Dead/Día de los Muertos
Originating with the Aztecs, the Mexican Day of the Dead is a unique blend of Mesoamerican and Christian rituals. The holiday is celebrated on November 1st, All Saints’ Day, usually dedicated to children; and November 2nd, All Souls’ Day. Traditions vary from region to region, but generally families gather at cemeteries to tend and decorate the graves of their departed loved ones, remember them by telling stories, eating their favorite foods, playing music and dancing in their honor. Many families build altars at home, decorated with flowers and food, especially pan de muerto, “bread of the dead.” A festive and social occasion, the holiday welcomes the return of those who have died and recognizes the human cycle of life and death.

About the Peabody Museum
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