Thank You to our 2016 Day of the Dead Sponsors!

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Another Day of the Dead has come and gone but we want to thank our sponsors as well as all the attendees, volunteers, entertainers and businesses who participated.  Please thank our sponsors for their support when you stop by their businesses.  We definitely could not do it without them!

DOD Poster 2016 - Sponsors


Murphys merchants and tasting rooms will be celebrating our Seventh Annual Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, on Saturday, November 5th from 11-6 pm. Participating businesses and vendors will be offering authentic cultural art, food, sugar skulls, face painting and live music, as well as displaying ofrendas (altars) celebrating the lives of those who have passed on but are with us in heart and spirit on the Day of the Dead.

Join us for the celebration in the Park from 11:00 pm to 4:00 pm featuring face painters, folklorico dancers, rondalla musicians and artisan vendors.  Traditional food and drinks will be for sale in the Park until 4:00 pm or whenever we sell out. Purchases of food, wine and beer will benefit the Murphys Community Club who are responsible for maintaining and improving our lovely park along the creek.

The Folklorica Dancers will be offering dancing lessons in the Native Sons Hall beginning at 2pm.  Sign up at our booth in the Park prior to 2pm or run on up to the Native Sons Hall after 2pm and see if they can squeeze you in.

The Catrina and Catrin Dress Contest will begin at 4:30 pm in the Community Park followed by a Candle Light Procession to the Cemetary. Those wishing to compete in the Catrina Contest must be signed up by 4pm.  Visit our facebook page or stop by our booth in the Park to sign up. Those wishing to participate in the procession should meet in the Park at 5:45 pm.  Make sure to bring your flashlight and warm clothing. Mexican hot chocolate and pan de muertos will be available for purchase after the brief ceremony and traditional story.

Download the 2016-day-of-the-dead-schedule.

In the event of rain, all entertainment and food sales will be located in the Native Sons Hall at 389 Main Street in Historic Downtown Murphys.

This ancient holiday traces it’s roots back to the indigenous cultures of Mexico, Latin America and Europe but has become inextricably intertwined with the Catholic observance of All Saints Day and All Souls Day over time. Although this celebration is associated with the dead, it is traditionally a period full of life, happiness, color, food, family and fun. In Mexico, outdoor markets display and sell symbolic items like special breads, pottery, baskets, candles, paper puppets, candy skulls and flowers. Skeletons are also an important symbol of this day and are displayed hugging, dancing and laughing in shop windows and on street corners.

Traditional activities are believed to “welcome the souls of the dead.”  The souls are said to return each year to enjoy the pleasures of the life that they once had.  These souls are thought to return as spirits from another world to be with their loved ones for a few brief hours. A widely held belief is that the souls of children (angelitos) return first so food and gifts appealing to children are set out for them. The adult dead are said to return a day or two later and their favorite items as well as elaborate food and drink are set out for them as well. It is believed that candle light as well as the scent of marigolds and copal incense will help the ghosts find their way back home.

The public is welcome to participate in the remembrance of loved ones by contributing items to the altars. Please contact the individual business owner first though to make sure there is an appropriate space for your item.  This year Milliaire Tasting Room will host a Community Ofrenda, The Pourhouse will have crafts for children and The Lucky Penny will host letter writing to those who have passed.  Make sure to check out our program online to see a list of all the Ofrendas and activities or pick up a printed program at our booth in the Park.  Programs will also be available at The Spice Tin, Marisolio Tasting Room, Tanner Vineyards Tasting Room, Bodega del Sur Tasting Room and The Lucky Penny during the event.

Visit our Day of the Dead page and like our Facebook page at Dia De Los Muertos Murphys California where you can find additional information on this years celebration.



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