Altars for Dia De Los Muertos

Day of the Dead (Dia De Los Muertos) is celebrated on November first and second. It is a centuries old event that started with the indigenous peoples of what is now the Mexican Territories. 

Rather than being morbid, Dia De Los Muertos is a way to honor and celebrate departed loved ones and ancestors. It is a time to recognize that the dead are not gone but rather continue on in a different plane and by sharing stories and memories, present generations keep the spirit of the departed alive.

“Day of the Dead rituals in homes share two predominant features, the making of altars and the offering of gifts. The altar is considered a sacred place where the living show their love for the dead and co-exist with them for a time in memory. Belongings, flowers and food are all placed around and on the altar, and many members of the community participate in the ceremony.”  – Mary J. Andrade, Day of the Dead A Passion for Life.

This year the Morgan Hill Historical Society will be hosting several community altars at the Villa Mira Monte site. The community may come and contribute up to 3 expendable offerings (ofrendas) to our altars.


Morgan Hill Historical Society - Community Dia De Los Muertos Altars

(Second Annual)

There will be several alters available for the community to share, starting on Saturday Oct. 30th, 11am to 4pm and Sunday, Oct. 31st, 11am to 4pm.

The altars will be on the grounds leading up to the Morgan Hill House on the Villa Mira Monte site, at 17860 Monterey Road, Morgan Hill, CA.

Come and contribute to our Community Altars and take some time remembering those who have departed. Stay and learn a little more about the traditions and history behind constructing an altar for Dia De Los Muertos.

  • Free children activities provided.

  • Any items placed on the altars will not be returned, copies of photographs only please.  

  • Even though this event is outside, please bring a mask for use within any of our buildings.


Interested in creating a Dia De Los Muertos Altar at home click here.

For the Day of the Dead Bread – Pan de Muerto recipe click here.