Dia de los Muertos

Hannah Kingsley-Ma

This week brings with it Día de los Muertos.

Meditating on loss while celebrating life

Oct 30, 2017
Martina Castro

El Día de Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a traditional Mexican holiday in which people honor the spirits of those who’ve passed. 

Ben Trefny

Rio Yañez has been putting together the Día de los Muertos exhibit at SOMArts Cultural Center for many years. He took KALW's Ben Trefny on a tour of this year's exhibit.

The Remembrance and Resistance: Día de los Muertos Exhibition is open  now through November 9th. 

What do Halloween, Day of the Dead and All Saints Day have in common? They each transform the taboo around talking about death. 

Bryan Keith Thomas

On the December 31st edition of  Your Call, we’ll revisit our  conversation with artists about the 21st annual Oakland Museum’s Day of the Dead exhibition, Rituals + Remembrance.

If you’re looking for suggestions of interesting things to do around the Bay Area this weekend, search no further, we’ve collected a few recommendations just for our KALW audience.

In our preparations for this weekend’s spooky celebrations, we’ve chosen a few top shelf activities and events to do around our Bay Area.



The many translations of Day of the Dead

Oct 31, 2013
Leila Day

If you walk down Mission Street this weekend you’ll see family members holding pictures of loved ones in one hand and candles in another. You may see ofrendas--small altars set up to pay tribute to people who have passed away. It’s a tradition that’s been present in the Mission for years, but how it’s celebrated depends on who you ask.

There are ghosts and skeletons everywhere you look on Halloween. But for many cultures the more serious commemoration of the dead takes place the next day, November 1. It’s known as el Dia de los Muertos in Latin cultures – the Day of the Dead – when parades, elaborate skeleton costumes, and temporary altars are built to honor ancestors and those who have recently passed.