Dia de los Muertos

After much discussion with the planning committee, the organisers have decided to go ahead with this event to offer a community space for remembrance.

WMPG, in collaboration with the vibrant Latine community and the Department of Intercultural Student Affairs at the University of Southern Maine, is proud to announce a Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration on Saturday, November 4th, 2023 at Urban Farm Fermentory. This rich cultural event promises an evening of tradition, remembrance, and unity, bringing together people of all backgrounds to honor the memory of their loved ones.University of Southern Maine

Pam Chevez, the curator of the event, explains “Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a Mexican holiday that has evolved into a beautiful and inclusive celebration of life and remembrance. In 2008, UNESCO recognized the importance of Día de los Muertos by adding the holiday to its list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, and our aim is to embrace this tradition and make it accessible to the diverse community here. I’m excited to bring a version of Dia de los Muertos to Maine” 

This event is free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to bring photos, flowers, and other offerings to place on the community altar.

Celebrate the rich cultural heritage of Dia de los Muertos and the power of remembrance to bring communities together. The collaboration between WMPG Radio Station, the Latine community, and the University of Southern Maine’s Intercultural Department highlights the importance of inclusivity and cultural exchange.

Event Details:

  • Date: Saturday, November 4th, 2023
  • Time: 5:30-11pm
  • Location: Urban Farm Fermentory, 200 Anderson St, Portland, ME 04101 
  • All ages until 8pm

Key Highlights:

  • Community Altar: Join us in creating a beautiful community altar where you can place photos and mementos of your loved ones who have passed away. This shared space will symbolize the unity of our community and the importance of remembering those who have touched our lives.
  • Storytelling and Celebration: Hear personal stories from community members about the special people they are remembering on this day. This event is an opportunity for reflection, storytelling, and collective reminiscence.
  • Potluck: Traditionally, food and drink are a significant aspect of Day of the Dead, as they are thought of as ofrendas, or offerings, to entice deceased loved ones to come back for a visit. Attendees are encouraged to bring a favorite dish to share with one another. 
  • Music and Dance (**21+): From 8-11pm, attendees aged 21+ are invited to  stay for a lively celebration featuring music from WMPG’s talented Latine DJs. Dance, sing, and celebrate the vibrant culture that Dia de los Muertos represents.

For more information, please contact Pam Chevez at pam.chevez@gmail.com or email Annella at development@wmpg.org