Dia de los Muertos in Burien

October 31st, 2017 by

Dia de los Muertos / Day of the Dead Celebration in Burien

On Friday, November 3, at the Burien Community Event Center the city of Burien will be hosting a Day of the Dead Celebration, Dia De Los Muertos. This event will begin at 6:00pm and continue till 9:00pm. Dia De Los Muertos is a traditional Hispanic celebration for honoring and remembering our ancestors. This will be a free event open to anyone in the Burien area. It will feature live music, traditional Dia De Los Muertos Ofrendas, traditional Hispanic food, and lots of arts & crafts the whole family can enjoy.

The Day of the Dead celebration is a Mexican holiday that is observed mainly in Mexico, and in the US by those with Mexican ancestry. It is a multiday holiday that traditionally spans from October 31st to November 2nd. Burien will be making a slight exception to this tradition and holding their event on November 3rd.

Developed from ancient native cultures of Mexico, the Day of the Dead celebrates ancestors that have passed away. The tradition is believed to go back as far as 3,000 years. The Aztecs use to celebrate this holiday during the ninth month of their calendar year and the celebration went on all month. It wasn’t until post-Columbian cultural influences such as Catholicism that the celebration was given a specific date on which it was to be celebrated.

“On October 31, All Hallows Eve, the children make a children’s altar to invite the angelitos (spirits of dead children) to come back for a visit. November 1 is All Saints Day, and the adult spirits will come to visit. November 2 is All Souls Day, when families go to the cemetery to decorate the graves and tombs of their relatives. The three-day fiesta is filled with marigolds, the flowers of the dead; muertos (the bread of the dead); sugar skulls; cardboard skeletons; tissue paper decorations; fruit and nuts; incense, and other traditional foods and decorations.   ” — Frances Ann Day, Latina and Latino Voices in Literature

Come join the celebration in remembrance of our loved ones who have passed here in Burien on November 3rd. For more information on this event please visit the Burien events page at: http://www.burienwa.gov/index.aspx?NID=900

Activities at the event will include:


Seahurst Banquet Hall

  • 6:15-7:15pm Seattle Danza Azteca
  • 7:30-8:45pm Grupo Folklorico Guadalajara
  • 7:30-8:45pm Grupo Folklorico Citlali

Shorewood Room

  • 6:30-8:30pm Mariachi Fiesta Mexicana


  • Frida Khalo art installation by Amaranta Sandy
  • Face Painting hosted by Burien Arts
  • Storytelling with Nora Girón-Dolce
  • Loteria (bingo) Room

Arts & Crafts

  • Flower Crowns, Frames in the style of Mexican Nichos, and skeletons
  • Come dressed in costume or as a Catrina!
  • Food for purchase from Maria’s Tamales
  • Book station hosted by KCLS
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