We have co-sponsored Dia de los Muertos, Day of the Dead - secular in Dan Diego!


San Diego, CALIFORNIA — The traditional Day of the Dead celebration for 2019 is taking on a decidedly nonreligious atmosphere this year for San Diego area Hispanics and others from various cultures as the ever-popular Dia de los Muertos event goes SECULAR! 


On Saturday, November 2, 2019, secularists will gather at:


Emiliano’s Mexican Restaurant and Cantina
6690 Mission Gorge Road
San Diego, California 92120


The cost is $20 (adult) $10 (child) and includes entertainment from classical guitarist Juan Carlos, buffet luncheon, speakers and a few surprise guests!


Reservation tickets are available through Eventbrite at the following link: 



“Contrary to the name, the Secular Day of the Dead event is actually a celebration of life,” said Victoria de la Torre, a co-founder of the Secular Day of the Dead concept and a representative of The Humanist Fellowship of San Diego.


“The Saturday, November 2, 2019 Secular Day of the Dead event will honor many Hispanic traditions and rituals in a way that celebrates our one and only life,” de la Torre added.


Margaret Downey, another Secular Day of the Dead co-founder and president of the Freethought Society said,  “More and more people are abandoning their religious upbringing, but still want to celebrate the beauty of their Hispanic culture. This is why a Secular Day of the Dead was created. Many nontheist Hispanics want to continue traditions and cultural rituals, but in a secular way.” 


Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead honors all dead loved ones. Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars called ofrendas; honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, as well as the favorite foods and beverages of the deceased. 


Some families and friends will make a point on this day to visit graves with these items as gifts. Some also leave possessions of the deceased at the gravesite. Secularists, however, are encouraged to meet with other like-minded individuals to enjoy Hispanic food, beverages, music, presentations, and socializing.


“Nontheist Hispanics view the Secular Day of the Dead as a perfect way to remember the legacy of deceased loved one in a way that does not require prayer, church, or any religious dogma. To nontheists, our legacies are our afterlife,” said, Indra Zuno (a Secular Day of the Dead organizer and co-host). 


Activities at the Secular Day of Dead include face painting, live classical guitar music by Juan Carlos Cortés and speeches honoring the life of those who are respected and missed.


Participants are encouraged to bring a framed photograph or portrait of a deceased loved one to be placed on a Secular Day of the Dead/ Dia de los Muertos Secular Honoring Table. Attendees are invited to talk about favorite memories and the legacy of the person who died – in essence, bringing that person back to life with a spoken remembrance.


On November 2nd join us to enjoy an afternoon with terrific food, speakers, entertainment and revamped cultural traditions as we celebrate life, legacies, and the joy of being human.


The 2019 Secular Day of the Dead Celebration is being sponsored by:

The Freethought Society

Contact Person: Margaret Downey

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Phone: (610) 357-9432


The Humanist Fellowship of San Diego

Contact Person: Victoria de la Torre

Email: victoria.dltcortes@gmail.com 

Phone: (858) 442-5481



Indra Zuno

Event Planner and Host

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Phone: (858) 442-5481


Secular Day of the Dead Coalition

Celebrating Día de los Muertos – Sans Religion

P.O. Box 242, Pocopson, PA 19366

Office Phone: 610-793-2737   *   Cell Phone: 610-357-9432

HFSD Fellows are welcome to post comments.
Community members are welcome to post comments after registration.