Day of the Dead Celebration

Sunday, October 29, from 1 to 3 pm

Celebrate the Day of the Dead / el Día de los Muertos at the library with a free event open to all ages! This program will be held outside (weather permitting) in the parking lot behind the Henry Guest House, as well as in the Carl T. Valenti Community Room.

The day's activities will begin with Altar Building / Construcción de Altares: everyone is invited to take part in the creation of a collective Day of the Dead altar. Bring fruit, chocolate, bread or flowers for the ofrenda. Write the name of someone you want to remember and honor on a colorful piece of paper. You can bring photos or draw a picture of your deceased relative to take a place at the altar. The facilitators will explain the meaning of each item that is placed on the altar.

The celebration will continue with music and Aztec dance performances by the Calpulli Huehuetlatolli dance troupe. Enjoy reading time, papel picado (paper flower making), a Sugar Skull workshop, and face painting as well. The festivities will close with a sampling of Mexican food and champurrado (a chocolate-based Mexican drink). Refreshments will be donated by Restaurant Chico, Costa Chica Restaurant, Las Marias Restaurant, Gambino’s Inn, Punto y Coma, El Gallo Felix, Gaby’s Bakery New Brunswick, and others.

This Day of the Dead program is presented by the New Brunswick Free Public Library in partnership with Lazos America Unida, and includes collaborations with: Rutgers Center for Latino Arts and Culture, Esperanza Neighborhood Project, the Harmony Family Success Center at PRAB, Unity Square, and The Collaborative Center for Community-Based Research and Service at Rutgers. The altar set up in advance for this program was done by Kalpulli Tlalhuitzilli from Morrisville, PA.

This program is made possible in part by funds from the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders through a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

Please contact librarian Kavita Pandey at 732-745-5108 x20 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions or to schedule school visits.