El Día de los Muertos, also known as All Soul’s Day, has roots in many Tumacácori Mission traditions including the customs of native residents, mission-era Jesuit and Franciscan priests, Spanish colonists, Mexican settlers, and even citizens of the United States arriving in the 19th century. On this holiday, Tumacácori National Historical Park offers the opportunity to remember deceased friends and loved ones. “Tumacácori is proud to celebrate this beloved holiday with friends, neighbors, and visitors from around the world.” says Superintendent Bob Love.
The adobe walls of Tumacácori’s historic church will shelter a traditional Día de los Muertos altar to hold ofrendas (offerings) in memory of loved ones. From Sunday, October 17 through Tuesday, November 2, visitors are invited to leave photographs, gifts, tokens, messages, toys, or other traditional items as part of this community installation. Personal items left on the altar can be collected from the park following Día de los Muertos, through November 6.
On the evening of Día de los Muertos, Tuesday, November 2, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., the park will offer free entrance, traditional treats, and a craft for visitors to commemorate the holiday. Visitors will be able to explore the historic mission church and cemetery by candlelight. Face coverings are required inside all federal buildings and outside if social distance cannot be maintained. For more information, call the Tumacácori visitor center, 520-377-5060, or visit the park website, at nps.gov/tuma.