Day of the Dead Celebration

All are invited to discover and celebrate the colorful and festive Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead, through photographic exhibits; traditional ofrenda, or altars; presentations; films and workshops. The Lorenzo Center's annual celebration, held around Day of Dead (Nov. 2 and 3) is co-sponsored by the Mexican Consulate in Detroit. 


Dia de los Muertos Celebration

Wednesday, November 1 – Saturday, November 4

Exhibit Hours:

Wed. Nov. 1, 10am-8pm
Thur. Nov. 2 – Sat. Nov. 4, 10am-4pm

Day of the Dead Collection, photos by Jerry Morton

The “Day of the Dead” photographic exhibit features images taken by Michigan journalist and writer Jerry Morton during Day of the Dead celebrations throughout Mexico, from small towns to Mexico City. Exhibit on loan from the Mexican Consulate of Detroit.
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Altar Display

Ofrenda, or altars, are an essential part of a Dia de los Muertos celebration. Altar displays honor the memory of those who have gone before us with traditional elements such as photographs, flowers, candles, sugar skulls and personal items.  Patrons are also invited to bring a remembrance of a loved one to place on a “Community Ofrenda.”

Please note: Items will not be returned, and the Lorenzo Center reserves the right to remove items.
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Presentations, Films and Workshops

Dia de los Muertos: A Celebration on the Border of Mexican and Anglo Identity
Wed. Nov. 1, 10am

Mary Durocher, Ph.D., adjunct professor of anthropology at Wayne State University, presents a deeper look at ofrenda, the traditional symbol of remembrance used during Dia de los Muertos celebrations. Ofrenda are traditional in some parts of Mexico, Central and South America, and much of the American Southwest. The holiday combines indigenous and Spanish Catholic practices, and is celebrated in both public and private spaces by individuals and community organizations.
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Siete16 Guevara and the Latinx Creative Community
Wed. Nov. 1, 12pm

Local poet and author Siete16 Guevara, a graduate of Macomb Community College, will read some of his poetry and share his experiences with A.L.A.S. (Artistas Latinx en Accíon Siempre), a non-profit organization that encourages Michigan Hispanic/Latinx artists of all kinds to perform and entertain in a judgment-free zone. Joining him will be El Arto Press, an independent group of artists and storytellers based in Detroit that publish their own graphic novels and comic books.
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Remembrance: An Altar-Making Workshop
Thurs. Nov. 2, noon

Dr. Maria Ramos, professor of Spanish language and Latin American culture, leads an altar-making workshop. Participants will learn about and construct their own ofrenda, or altars, the traditional remembrance that families create to welcome their loved ones home on Dia de los Muertos. Limited supplies will be provided.
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Religious Fusion in Latin American Catholicism
Thurs. Nov. 2, 2pm

MCC humanities professor Jason Messana will discuss how various spiritual beliefs and practices are incorporated into the practice of Catholicism within the Latin American community. In particular, Professor Messana will highlight how celebrations of Dia de los Muertos are merged into the Catholic faith.
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Mexican Traditional Dances with Ballet Folklorico Moyocoyani Izel
Fri. Nov. 3, 10am

Combining traditional Mexican music and dance with education, Detroit-based Ballet Folklorico Moyocoyani Izel shares the unique dances of various regions in Mexico.  BFMI celebrates traditional Mexican performing arts, and performs internationally in their quest to exchange knowledge and culture. 
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Food for the Ancestors
Sat. Nov. 4, 1pm

Gary Flemming, Ph.D., International Studies professor at Macomb Community College, facilitates the screening of this movie showcasing the traditional festivities of Day of the Dead as it is celebrated in Puebla, Mexico. Of special focus are the foods that are prepared at this time of the year, including the Mexican drink pulque, sugar skull candies, and Bread of the Dead.
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All events are free and open to the public and will be held at the Lorenzo Cultural Center, Community Hall, CK-130.

Pre-registration is requested for presentations. To register, or for more information, please call 586.445.7348.

For Day of the Dead events at Macomb Community College’s South Campus, please see the Library Enrichment Programs at