Día De Los Muertos


"Between performances from Aztec dance group Cenzontile Cuicatl and altar ceremonies, no cultural stone will be left unturned."

Allison Volpe, Philly.com

Program Overview

Day of the Dead has been observed across Latin America for centuries as a day to honor and celebrate the lives of people who we have lost.

This celebration is a 3,000-year-old tradition incredibly strong and visible in our beloved Mexico and in Mexican and Latin American communities in the US. And while specific customs to celebrate may vary across regions of Mexico and Latin America, the general sentiment is to reunite with our loved ones who have died in a celebration that honors them and guides them to find peace and eternal rest. Many other countries around the world have similar traditions honoring the dead and the truth is that we can relate to the universal experience of loss, longing, and remembrance of the lives of our loved ones. In Philadelphia, we celebrate together as a diverse Latinx community that continues to grow and share culture and traditions. We are in South Philly but we are also in North Philly and other regions of our state. We invite everyone to join us and participate.

Our world continues to grieve and evolve as we deal with forces out of our control. We continue to feel isolated despite our strength as a community. Our desire to move forward and put the pandemic behind us unites us and there’s no greater opportunity than the Day of the Dead to showcase our joint efforts. For this reason, La Calaca Flaca decided against having one main artist and instead is inviting several artists to collaborate with us. This collaboration is intended to make our Day of the Dead celebrations a true joint effort with an intention. The intention this year is to honor las mujeres of our community. More than ever, so many women are leading the way with their messages of hope, of strength and of determination. We need to spread this sentiment and start the healing process in our community with the unconditional love and care of las mujeres. Our women will lead this year’s celebrations honoring and guiding the dead to Mictlampa and reaffirming their roles as leaders, mentors, and mothers of our community.

— La Calaca Flaca Committee

La Calaca Flaca

  • Gustavo García
  • Tamara Jiménez
  • Magda López
  • Leticia Nixon
  • Alexis Nutini
  • José Ortiz-Pagan
  • Carlos Pascual
  • Claudia Lizbeth Peregrina
  • Ivonne Pinto-García
  • José Rodríguez
  • Juan Carlos Romero
  • Alexandra Wolkoff
  • Erika Guadalupe Nuñez
  • Mauricio Pérez
  • Fleisher Art Memorial Calaquero: Gerardo Silva

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Join the Celebration!


Children’s Fair: Bring the young ones to workshops intended to honor the tradition in a fun way and then join us in our procession through South Philadelphia.
3:00-4:30 p.m. in Fleisher’s parking lot
Procession: We will walk through the streets of Philadelphia and be led by las mujeres, our special focus for this year’s celebrations
4:30 p.m. starting at Fleisher down 8th St and back through 9th St
Celebrations: After all the hard work by community members in organizing and creating a respectful Día de Muertos, it will be time to celebrate. We will have a dedication, music, food, dance, a fashion show and a craft fair (El Mercado La Calaca).
5:30-9:00 p.m. in Fleisher’s parking lot