A Weekend of Joyful Remembrance in Atlanta
If you didn’t get to experience last year’s Día de Muertos Festival at Historic Oakland Cemetery, you have another opportunity this Sunday. The cemetery is gearing up for its second annual Día de Muertos Festival, a tradition that pays homage to the Day of the Dead. The event is organized by the Consulate General of Mexico in Atlanta and the Institute of Mexican Culture. Attendees can expect live performances, a variety of food options, crafts, and ornately decorated altars—known as ofrendas—to honor deceased family and friends. The event also encourages participants to dress up and even holds a Catrinas and Catrins costume contest, offering first-place prizes for both children and adults.
Richard Harker, the executive director of the Historic Oakland Foundation, expressed that the cemetery is the perfect venue for such an event. “Every day here at Oakland, we aim to celebrate life and honor those who have passed,” he said.
The Day of the Dead is a festive occasion traditionally observed on the first two days of November. It is dedicated to commemorating the lives and memories of departed loved ones. Although it originated in Mexico, the Day of the Dead is now celebrated globally.
The festival is scheduled to take place on Sunday, November 5th, from noon to 5:00 p.m., and there is no admission fee. For more details about the event, you can visit the official website.