Videos: Day of the Dead

Harvard Divinity professor David Carrasco on the bold colors and favorite images of papel picado, the cut paper banners popular during Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) and other celebrations.


What is the origin of papel picado, the cut paper banners popular during Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) and other celebrations? Harvard Divinity professor David Carrasco explains two theories.


The story of Xolotl, the supernatural dog who returned from the underworld, as told by Harvard Divinity professor David Carrasco in front of the Day of the Dead altar.


From Encounters With the Americas: Harvard Divinity School's David Carrasco describes the essential elements of a Day of the Dead altar in front of the Museum's permanent altar.


From Encounters With the AmericasA conversation with Day of the Dead Altar Artist Mizael Sanchez about his permanent altar in the Museum. Produced by Lisa Barbash.