Dia de los Muertos

Experience one of Latin America’s most beloved holidays, Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead

Come celebrate Longfellow’s annual Dia de los Muertos festival. We will be having a variety of food trucks, as well as mariachi, dancing, crafts, face painting, displays, and a giant puppet drum parade. Bring your appetite, your cameras and your friends! All are welcome.

When:  Wednesday, November 8th from 5 p.m.–8 p.m.

Where:  Clairemont High School, 4150 Ute Dr., SD 92117

Park in Student Parking Lot. Use main gate in front of office to enter.

Cost: $6 at the door for children (includes all crafts, face painting, and a light up accessory).  Adults are Free.


  • 5:00 p.m.: Gates Open and Food Vendors begin Serving Food & Drinks- Taquizas Los Chuchy’s (Also, serving hamburgers/hot dogs), Don Cesar’s Churros, Mariposa Ice cream (*Please bring enough cash to enjoy these goodies; Mariposa ice cream accepts debit cards)
  • 5:00–7:30 p.m.: Crafts, face painting, 7th grade art display/voting and Altar Displays will be open all evening *Face painting is very popular so please come early to avoid the line
  • Entertanment 
    • 5:00–6:00 p.m.: Mariachi Estrella de Chula Vista
    • 6:00-6:20 p.m.: Longfellow Ballet Folklorico
    • 6:20-7:00 p.m: Calpulli Mexica-Danza Azteca
    • 7:00-8:00 p.m.: “San Diego Puppetry” with “Drums without Borders” parade

Celebrate our annual signature event with your own 2017 Día de los Muertos T-shirt featuring last year’s winning design (top right of this web page) by Longfellow 7th grader, Emily Hernandez. All shirts are $15 and will be delivered to classrooms. Orders can be made using this form (fill it out and turn it in to your child’s teacher) or online.

Special Note: There is nothing scary about this festival. The use of skeletons and skulls are keeping with the traditions of this holiday, the heart of which is the celebration of  the lives of people who have passed away. If you have any questions, please email: vpcommunityevents@longfellowcompadres.org


The Day of the Dead (El Día de los Muertos or All Souls’ Day) is a holiday celebrated in Mexico and by Latin Americans living in the United States and Canada. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. The celebration occurs on November 1st and 2nd in connection with the Catholic holiday of All Saints’ Day which occurs on November 1st and All Souls’ Day which occurs on November 2nd. Traditions include building private altars honoring the deceased, using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed, and visiting graves with these as gifts.

Scholars trace the origins of the modern holiday to indigenous observances dating back thousands of years, and to an Aztec festival dedicated to a goddess called Mictecacihuatl.

Similar holidays are celebrated in many parts of the world; for example, it’s a public holiday (Dia de Finados) in Brazil, where many Brazilians celebrate by visiting cemeteries and churches. In Spain, there are festivals and parades, and at the end of the day, people gather at cemeteries and pray for their loved ones who have died. Similar observances occur elsewhere in Europe and in the Philippines, and similarly-themed celebrations appear in many Asian and African cultures.

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