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2nd Annual COVID-19 Altar De Muertos Coming to County Admin Center Nov. 1 & 2



Dia de Los Muertos will once again be celebrated at the County Administration Center. Chair Nathan Fletcher, in collaboration with Vice Chair Nora Vargas and Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, will host the 2nd Annual COVID-19 Altar De Muertos at 1600 Pacific Hwy, on the east plaza.  

San Diegans are encouraged to submit photographs of friends and family members who have passed away from COVID-19 or another cause. Visit and submit a picture by completing the form.

The residents of City Heights are once again partnering with the event to set up this year’s Altar. They,  along with the Supervisors, the Assemblywoman, and members of their staff, will set up the Altar in the early morning of November 1. Once the Altar is completely up (by noon), San Diegans are welcome to visit to pay their respects. 

A special recognition ceremony will be held on Nov. 2 at 6:30 p.m. Chair Fletcher, Vice Chair Vargas and Assemblywoman Gonzalez along with other community leaders, and the families who submitted photographs.   

“The Altar is a wonderful Meso-American tradition that we have adopted at the County to recognize any San Diegan who has passed away, but this year, like last year, we are putting a special emphasis on the more than 4,000 San Diegans who have died from COVID-19,” said Chair Fletcher. “I’m encouraging any San Diegans who want to honor the life of their family member, friend, or co-worker to visit the website and submit their photo so we can put it on the Altar.”

“Día de los Muertos is an opportunity to joyfully celebrate the life of those that are no longer with us and one of the most colorful traditions in our Mexican culture,” said Nora Vargas, Vice Chair, San Diego County Board of Supervisors. “I take a lot of time and make the altar at home that is perfect for me. I like celebrating the life of my Nanas, Tata, and my angel Mama to highlight the great lives they lived and everything they did for me and my family.”

"We know the pandemic has disproportionately devastated Latino families throughout California. The COVID-19 Altar de Muertos will provide a space to honor and celebrate the lives of loved ones who have passed away, and allow us an opportunity to come together and reflect as a community on all those we've lost," said Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego).

Dia De Los Muertos is a Meso-American tradition observed annually on November 1 and 2 to honor those who have passed away. The Altar de Muertos is traditionally decorated with bright yellow marigold flowers, photos of those who passed away, and other items of remembrance.

Univision San Diego, Telemundo 30 and NBC 7 are official media partners for the COVID-19 Altar de Muertos.