Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead in English, is almost here! It will be celebrated on November 1st and all throughout Santa Barbara and the surrounding areas, there are many Dia de los Muertos events to enjoy. Candy skulls, food, and celebrations are the key to this holiday; make sure you don’t miss out! Continue reading to learn more!
Dia de los Muertos History
Dia de los Muertos started in Mexico, but the actual timeline is a little fuzzy. It either started as a celebration in indigenous Mexico with Aztecs, or a remixed celebration to help increase Mexican nationalism. No matter how it started, it is one of the most important cultural events to this day. In fact, in 2008, UNESCO’s addition to their “Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity” cemented this honor. In Mexico, ofrendas, or altars, are built in order to honor loved ones who have passed. Favorite foods, drinks, photos and other items are placed on the altar to encourage the soul to visit. Although it is celebrated for the dead, there are traditions with your living family as well! Tamales, sugar skulls (calaveras), and short poems are shared with friends and family, along with many other local customs.
Events in Santa Barbara
Ready to celebrate the dead? There are a few events to highlight. First, on October 29th at The Leta Hotel, there is a special event with face painting, games, live music, and more! Next, on November 1st, La Paloma Café hosts a celebration with Happy Hour and Taco Tuesday. Don’t forget to bring a photo of a loved one to put on their special ofrenda. Lastly, on November 6th, the Mujeres Makers Market returns with arts and crafts. Bring the whole family and stay at Marina Beach Motel! We are located near all the fun and festivities, but quiet and calm enough to unwind. Book your stay today!