Day of the Dead in Santa Fe

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Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, is a holiday that has been celebrated on November 1–2 in Mexico for many years and has gained a following recently in New Mexico. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember loved ones who have passed on, and help support their spiritual journey.

The Day of the Dead is a time for the dead to return home and visit loved ones, feast on their favorite foods and listen to their favorite music. (Photo: TOURISM Santa Fe)

Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars called ofrendas; honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and their favorite foods and beverages; and by visiting graves with these gifts.

Day of the Dead traditions have crossed over into U.S. mainstream culture and are enjoyed by all ages. (Photo courtesy of TOURISM Santa Fe)

Whether you have long celebrated the holiday, or are just learning about it, here are few businesses and events in Santa Fe that honor this cultural tradition.


2017 Day of the Dead Events In Santa Fe

Dia de los Muertos is celebrated throughout the city each fall. Here are few events you might want to attend, participate and observe.

Skull painting is a popular art form in Santa Fe. (Photo: TOURISM Santa Fe)

On October 27, Casablanca Studios will be having their “Dance for the Dead” Baile. The dance starts at 7 p.m. Come dressed in your best Catrina costume and enter the Catrina competition. “La Catrina” has become a symbol of Día de los Muertos and the Mexican willingness to laugh at death. Catrina is dressed as a wealthy 1800’s woman and is often flirtatious. To capture the Catrina look, check out this video…

There will also be Aztec dancers, food and drinks for sale.

Teatro Paraguas will also have theater performances be Aztec dancers, food and drinks for sale.will also have theater performances such as “Cuentos” brought to life on stage. Poetry, dances, music, events round out the bill. There will also be other Day of the Dead events on October 28, October 29 and November 1, 2017 along with theater performances featuring incredible local artists. Please visit their website for more information.

Traveler’s Market will be offering an exhibition and sale of Day of the Dead folk art. There will also be sugar skull decorating. Call 989-7667 for day and time.

Bring the family and learn the art of sugar skull making. (Photo courtesy of Museum of International Folk Art)

A Santa Fe favorite, the Musuem of International Folk Art hosts “Celebrate Dia de Los Muertos/Day of the Dead at Museum Hill on DATE. Head over to decorate sugar skulls and make picture frames. Visitors are invited to bring a photo of a loved one who has passed away. Sample pan de muerto (bread of the dead). There will also be a skeleton/calaca face painting. Free admission courtesy of the Folk Art Committee and Friends of the folk Art.


Day of the Dead Shopping Experience

No trip is complete without a trip to Doodlets for Day of the Dead. (Photo courtesy of Doodlets)

In the heart of Santa Fe is a special little shop filled with laughter and joy, enchantment and whimsy, sprinkled with a dash of irreverence. This shop, Doodlets is a Santa Fe favorite especially during the Dia de los Muertos season. This year they will be carrying sugar skulls made by a local artist.

¡Mira! is another of downtown Santa Fe’s fun shops to wander through and purchase Day of the Dead skulls and ephemera. The shop is located at 101 West Marcy. 505-988-3585.

Many Day of the Dead figurines depict ordinary daily life as a reminder of our time on Earth. (Photo courtesy of TOURISM Santa Fe)

Yippe-Yi-Yo is another Day of the Dead shop located off the historic Santa Fe Plaza. Here you’ll find muertos figurines and many brightly decorated skulls. The Catrina figurine is a favorite. The shop is located at 54 E. San Francisco Street. 505-988-2757.

If you’re looking for that special gift for someone who LOVES Dia de los Muertos, Ortega’s has your piece. (Photo: TOURISM Santa Fe)

Ortega's on the Plaza carries Day of the Dead sterling silver jewelry by artists Shane Casis, Gregory Segura and Tom Dewitt.

If you can’t visit Mexico for the Day of the Dead, you can absorb much of the culture and feel of this treasured holiday right here in Santa Fe! To plan your next trip during the observation of Dia de los Muertos in Santa Fe, order your official Santa Fe Travel Guide!

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4 thoughts to “Day of the Dead in Santa Fe”

  1. ¡El día de los muertos que celebras es como Halloween para nosotros! Es similar a Halloween porque para ambas celebraciones, la gente se disfraza y se junta. Aunque en las celebraciones del Día de los Muertos las personas usan flores y velas para celebrar, en Halloween los niños reciben dulces. Pero ambos celebran a los muertos. Se celebran en diferentes días, pero en general tienen el mismo significado.

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