Day of the Dead

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Honoring Ancestors, Celebrating Life

Casa Círculo Cultural and the San Mateo County History Museum, in partnership with Friends of the Redwood City Library and in collaboration with the Redwood City Parks & Arts Foundation, are proud to bring to Redwood City a Día de los Muertos Celebration.

The Day of the Dead is celebrated in Mexico on November 1st and 2nd. These days, Mexican families go to the cemetery, visit the graves of their relatives, clean and maybe paint the grave, put flowers (marigolds or wonders), and light candles.

While Mexican American communities have celebrated the Day of the Dead for hundreds of years in the United States with personal, often religious, ceremonies, there has been an evolution in how the holiday is celebrated today.

The holiday as we see it today that has transformed into a true blend of cultures and voices to create a holiday that is as unique and powerful as the Chicanx community itself.

While many Mexican American families still celebrate the holiday with personal and sometimes religious traditions, a public celebration hosted by Casa Circulo Cultural has become Redwood City’s celebration of diversity and culture.

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General Information

Where is the Day of the Dead Celebration?

Day of the Dead Celebration is in downtown Redwood City’s Courthouse Square on Boardway St between Hamilton St and Middlefield Rd.


When is the celebration?

November 3rd, 2024. Although the Day of the Dead is traditionally celebrated on the 1st and 2nd of November. This celebration is always on the first Sunday of November.


What time/where does ‘X’ artist go on stage?

The full lineup and schedule will be available closer to the celebration date on the website.

Venue

Will there be food at the festival?

We partner with restaurants, food purveyors, and food trucks. A list of diverse food vendors lineup will be published before the festival.

Food Vendors

The 20204 application for food vendors will open as the date approaches.

Exhibitors

The 20204 application for exhibitors and booths will open as the date approaches.

Performers

The 2024 application for performers will open as the date approaches.

Sponsors

We appreciate your sponsorship in supporting Casa Circulo Cultural’s mission. Help us make this year’s Day of the Dead celebration unforgettable by funding art installations, performances, and community awards. Your contribution will continue this cherished tradition and enrich our community’s cultural fabric.

Our 2024 Day of the Dead Celebration Sponsorship Packet will be published soon!

Volunteers

The 20204 application for volunteers will open as the date approaches.

2023 Recap

Every year, we meticulously choose a theme or a region of Mexico deeply rooted in the ancient tradition of the Day of the Dead. This year, we are delving into the captivating world of The Mayan Culture. The Mayans once thrived in the southern reaches of Mexico and Guatemala, in an area known as Quauhtlemallan, which translates to ‘place of many trees’ in the Nahuatl language of Mexico.

In Guatemala, most of the population comprises mestizos, a dynamic fusion of Spanish and Maya heritage. One remarkable tradition from their Mayan ancestry is the awe-inspiring practice of flying barriletes (Kytes) during the Day of the Dead festivities. The essence of this tradition lies in crafting and soaring colorful giant kites high above the cemeteries of Guatemala. It serves as a poignant and vibrant means of honoring and establishing a connection with ancestors, beloved family members, and friends who have journeyed beyond this realm.

Casa Círculo Cultural will bring a Mayan-style Day of the Dead celebration to Redwood City; join us to experience this magical and ancient tradition.

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