Virtual 26th Annual El Día de los Muertos Community Celebration

Sunday, October 25, 2020, 2–3 pm
Sunday, October 25, 2020 - 2:00pm

Annually, OMCA is transformed into a sacred space, and this year, the OMCA El Día de los Muertos Volunteer Committee members welcome you, and every generation of your family, to their homes and gardens, to join us virtually for one-hour of celebration with Mesoamérican traditions. Helping us understand the context of this year, the committee guides us through an opening ceremonia of the Four Directions, invoking traditions that heal and comfort, while teaching us how to build an altar for the dead. 

Join us online and explore their ofrendas (altars) honoring those that we mourn in the community due to COVID-19, California fires, immigration/ICE, and Black Lives Matter, with the Omnira Institute. Enjoy Danzantes of the East Bay featured throughout the event. 

Hear a multigenerational conversation between the teen Isabela Perez and the founding curator of OMCA’s Days of the Dead special exhibition, Bea Carrillo Hocker, and learn how to make papel picado at home with educator Rebecca Recco.

After the celebration, explore full Virtual El Día de los Muertos offerings at OMCA at Home.


  • Extended Celebration Footage: Danzantes of the East Bay
  • Extended Celebration Performances: Mónica María Fimbrez, Francisco Herrera, and María de la Rosa with DíaPa'Son 
  • VDDLM resources and videos for teachers and parents, and 
  • VDDLM virtual tour of historical content from 2019's ¡El Movimiento Vivo! Chicano Roots of El Día de los Muertos, to learn about Chicano activists who introduced Día de los Muertos traditions to the United States in the 1970s.

All precautions were made for the health and safety of the committee and program participants in alignment with the guidelines provided by the World Health Organization (WHO), Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Alameda County Public Health Department websites in the production of this event.

Due to the COVID-19 public health crisis, the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) is closed until further notice. We will continue to follow public health updates and provide information regarding the Museum's reopening date as we receive it.

We wish you all health and safety during this difficult and uncertain time.

0:33 Danzantes of the East Bay in Berkeley’s Ohlone Park
Offering four traditional prayer dances recognizing the elements of fire, earth, air and water in Berkeley’s Ohlone Park. 
02:11 Opening Ceremonia: Four Directions
13:47 Altars/Ofrenda: COVID-19
24:49   Altars/Ofrenda: California Wildfires
29:51  Altars/Ofrenda: ICE/Immigration
39:32 Altars/Ofrenda: Black Lives Matter with the Omnira Institute
Sinku "Building a House of Light” Ceremony
Oro Egun “a litany for the ancestors,” is for all songs & drumming
47:28 In Conversation: El Día de los Muertos Traditions with Bea Carrillo Hocker and Isabela Perez 
55:55  In Studio: Papel picado with Rebecca Recco 
1:03:00 Closing Ceremonia


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Enjoy viewing extended full footage of the Danzantes of the East Bay offering four traditional prayer dances recognizing the elements of fire, earth, air and water in Berkeley’s Ohlone Park. 

» Extended Celebration Music for Our Muertitos

» Danzantes of the East Bay

OMCA Festivals are made possible in part by generous support from the Oakland Museum Women’s Board and the Koret Foundation. 






OMCA extends gratitude to the commitment and expertise of the year-round El Día de los Muertos Volunteer Committee members.