October 15, 2020

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Nonreligious artists and activists will come together November 1 to honor the memories of loved ones and luminaries for a live online celebration of our one and only life, with no prayer or belief in an afterlife required. The Secular Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos Secular) will put a secular spin on traditions and rituals for commemorating the family, friends, and inspirational figures who may no longer be with us, but whose legacies live on in our hearts and memories.

In a free bilingual event on Zoom, leaders from the freethought movement will each light a candle to honor “Secular Saints” of historical significance, such as astronomer Carl Sagan, artist Frida Kahlo, philosopher Paul Kurtz, and writer Christopher Hitchens.

An Honoring Ceremony will include deductions from writer Sasha Sagan (author of Small Creatures Such as We and daughter of Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan), Hollywood legend of stage and screen John Davidson, and sculptor Zenos Frudakis.

Secular Day of the Dead takes place Sunday, November 1, at 12pm PST (with musical pre-show and social time starting at 11:45am). Registration is free at

Awards will be given to participants for the best Secular Day of the Dead themed clothing, Zoom background, face paint, face mask, and hair adornment. Over 1000 people have already expressed their interest in attending.

About one third of Americans are religiously unaffiliated, identifying as atheists, agnostics, or as belonging to no religion in particular. The Secular Day of the Dead represents just one of the ways that this growing nonreligious population is finding community and building on traditions, all without the need for churches, dogma, or belief in the supernatural.

The 2020 Secular Day of the Dead is co-sponsored by The Freethought Society, Hispanic American Freethinkers, American Atheists, the Center for Inquiry, and the Freedom From Religion Foundation.

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