Dia de los Muertos, Day of the Dead, is celebrated on November 1 in Mexico and around the world in other cultures. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember loved ones who have died. You can participate locally at Harvard's Peabody Museum on November 3, with a family program for adults and children ages 5 and up. Make a calaca (skull) mask, paper marigolds, and other Dia de los Muertos items. Pose for a photo with a friendly skeleton. View the special altars and decorations, leave messages for your departed loved ones, and create percussion shakers to join in festive music by Latin American singer Maura Mendoza and her ensemble. Decorate and take home a sugar skull and have some light snacks. Sat., Nov. 3, noon - 4 p.m. Ages 5 and up. Free with museum admission (adults, $12; seniors, $10; students with ID, $10; ages 3-18 years, $8; under 3, free); sugar skull workshop $5 per person. The Peabody Museum at Harvard University, 11 Divinity Ave., Cambridge. Limited parking available at 52 Oxford Street Garage from noon to 4 pm. www.peabody.harvard.edu
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