Celebrating Day of the Dead During COVID-19

This blog is also available in Spanish.

Day of the Dead is a two-day pre-Hispanic tradition where we celebrate the memory of loved ones who have passed away. On this occasion, families, friends, and communities gather to “bring back the heart,” and honor the departed. Typically, Day of the Dead involves setting up alters and offerings, making food, and enjoying festivities with loved ones. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the celebrations will continue even if they look different.

In the video below, three King County employees share how they will be safely celebrating Day of the Dead with their families during this pandemic to protect the community. The video has English captions.

When planning your celebrations for Day of the Dead, follow the essential COVID-19 preventions:

  • Avoid house parties, where the risk is high for the spread of COVID-19.
  • Keep any gatherings small and outdoors when possible, or if it must be indoors, in well-ventilated spaces (open windows and doors).
  • Limit close contact with other people and practice good hand hygiene.

Public Health hopes you are able to celebrate your traditions this year while doing everything in your power to reduce the spread of COVID-19. 

Thank you to Latino Northwest Communications for the music featured in the video.