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Wednesday, September 01, 2021 Estefany Mendoza Salazar

The Arlington Public Library wants to honor those that are no longer with us this upcoming Día de los Muertos. We invite the community to submit photos of their loved ones for our ofrendas. These photos will be added to our two ofrendas beginning Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021 and will be on display through Tuesday, Nov.2, 2021, at the George W. Hawkes Downtown Library and the East Library and Recreation Center. We also invite you to our Día de los Muertos Celebration, Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021, at the East Library and Recreation Center.  


A holiday originating from Mexico, Día de Los Muertos is a two-day celebration that runs from Nov. 1 through Nov. 2. Día de los Muertos is a celebration that honors the life of those who have passed. On this day many pay their respects to friends and family by setting up ofrendas or visiting their gravesites.  

Many make this display in their homes or at the cemetery. It usually consists of photos of loved ones, their favorite food, drinks, or personal items. Marigolds are always a must as they are believed to guide spirits back with their intense color and smell at the cemetery. On Nov. 1 it is believed that children come back as ‘Angelitos’ (angels) and on Nov. 2 ‘Difuntos’ (adults) show up to celebrate and pick up their ofrendas (offerings). 

We invite you to submit your photos and to visit the participating libraries to view the ofrendas. Anyone can submit a photograph, these will be added by our librarians. If you have any questions please contact or Learn more about Día de los Muertos and find a curated list of items in our collection here.