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Secular Day of the Dead

Sunday November 1, 2020 Noon (PDT) / 3:00 PM (EDT)

A Secular Day of the Dead/Día de los Muertos Secular event is a celebration of life. Nontheist Hispanics and others view the Secular Day of the Dead as a perfect way to remember the legacy of dead loved ones that does not require prayer, church, or religious dogma. To nontheists, our legacies are our afterlife.

The Secular Day of the Dead event will include many redesigned and religion-free Hispanic traditions and rituals that celebrate our one and only life, legacies and cultural heritage.

More and more people are abandoning their religious upbringing but still want to celebrate the beauty of the Hispanic culture. This is why a Secular Day of the Dead was created. The 2020 Secular Day of the Dead/Día de los Muertos Secular will be presented as a Zoom event on Sunday, November 1, 2020 with special attention to Spanish speaking participants. The 2020 Secular Day of the Dead is co-sponsored by The Freethought Society, Hispanic American Freethinkers, American Atheists, Center for Inquiry, and the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Register at:

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYoduGsqz8sEtdDY5T3-q64A_EvVQYz5jS7

11:45 AM (PST)/2:45 PM (EST) Pre-Event Social

Entertainment and chatting opportunities with like-minded individuals will take place during this 15-minute time slot, featuring musical presentations by Gary Stockdale, Christina Jones, and Juan Carlos.

Noon (PST)/3:00 PM (EST) Welcome

Bilingual welcome by actor Jon Huertas, organizers, and co-sponsors Robyn Blumner, Victoria de la Torre, Margaret Downey, Nick Fish, Annie Laurie Gaylor, and David Tamayo. Co-sponsors and organizers will each light a candle to honor a “Secular Saint” of historic significance. A Spanish Speakers Zoom Room and an English Speakers Zoom Room will be offered to participants at this time. Music at this time will be provided by Gary Stockdale and Abraham Steve Mackey.

12:30 PM (PST)/3:30 PM (EST) Guest Speaker

Dan Barker: “Adios a Dios” (a journey story presentation)

1:00 PM (PST)/4:00 PM (EST) Honoring Ceremony

Reservations are being taken for speakers who want to celebrate the life of a dead loved one. Reserve a 3-5-minute time slot through the following email address: SecularDayoftheDead@FtSociety.org

The Honoring Ceremony will open with dedications from actor Jon Huertas, writer Sasha Sagan, sculptor Zenos Frudakis, author Fernando Alcántar, and John Davidson – a Hollywood legend and musical stage star.

After the reserved speaking spots conclude, the Zoom spotlighting function will be available for anyone who would like to participate. The screen share function will be enabled so that speakers can display photos of the person or pet being honored.

Zoom logon information is only available to those who pre-register. Register for the Zoom link here:

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYoduGsqz8sEtdDY5T3-q64A_EvVQYz5jS7

Prizes will be awarded and mailed to participants whom the co-sponsors determine to have the best Secular Day of the Dead themed clothing, Zoom setting, face painting, face mask, and hair adornment. See photos of the prizes and find additional information at:

https://www.facebook.com/events/683335612257926/?active_tab=discussion

The end time of this event is unknown. Anyone who would like to honor a dead loved one will have an opportunity before we conclude with a mini concert by John Davidson and closing song by Abraham Steve Mackey.

SECULAR Dia de los Muertos - Secular Day of the Dead

Secular Dia de los Muertos

Secular Day of the Dead

Thursday November 2, 2018
Emiliano’s
6690 Mission Gorge Road
San Diego, CA  92120

Bring photos of the loved one(s) you are honoring to place on the Secular Honoring Table.

Tickets

Purchase tickets through the Secular Day of the Dead sponsors or directly through Eventbrite

Tickets include:

  • Activities for Children
  • Honoring Table Ceremony
    • (Bring photos of loved one(s) you are honoring to place on the table. Any cultural representation and all speakers are welcome to this event.)
  • Live Classical Guitar Entertainment by Juan Carlos Cortes
  • Free Parking
  • Face Painting only $5
  • On-site souvenir store featuring Secular Saint Candles, T-Shirts, Face Masks, Juan Carlos Cortes on the Classical Guitar and Face Jewelry

This event is sponsored by:

The Freethought Society and The Humanist Fellowship of San Diego

Tickets for the authentic Mexican fare buffet luncheon are only:

  • $20 per adult
  • $10 children over 5 years old
  • Free for children under 5 (please reserve a spot)

 

A Secular Day of the Dead event is a celebration of life – sans religion. More and more people are abandoning their religious upbringing, but still want to celebrate the beauty of their culture. Many nontheist Hispanics want to continue traditions and cultural rituals, but in a secular way.

Nontheist Hispanics view the Secular Day of the Dead as a perfect way to remember the legacy of dead loved ones in a way that does not require prayer, church, or any religious dogma. This is why a Secular Day of the Dead was created. To nontheists, our legacies are our afterlife.

The Secular Day of the Dead event will include many redesigned Hispanic traditions and rituals that celebrate our one and only life, legacies and cultural heritage. Any cultural representation and all speakers are welcome.

Rave reviews were received for Secular Day of the Dead celebrations that have already taken place in San Diego, California and Los Angeles, California. We hope to see this tradition repeated in other cities around the country. Your participation will help establish this event as an important cultural tradition and a much needed outreach to nontheists/secularists in the Hispanic community.

Please attend to experience this unique and beautiful event. You will find much joy in the appreciation of the here and the now combined with the remembrances of those who lived before us.

Additional Hotel Information

Hotel information if you want to make a weekend out of going to San Diego. The closest hotel to Emiliano’s Restaurant is:

DoubleTree by Hilton
7450 Hazard Center Drive
San Diego, CA 92108

Reservation Phone Number:   (619) 297-5466

Currently priced rooms are:

$259.00 – Double Occupancy with 2 queen beds
$265.00 – 1 king bed 
The price includes tax and an incidental hold of $75. The $75 hold per night is refundable if no parking or incidentals are applicable at check out. A 72-hour prior notice for full cancellation refund with no penalties.

 

September October 2019 Freethought Society eZine

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to see the September October 2019 Freethought Society (FS) Ezine.

In the Ezine you will find the following articles:

  • Freethought Literature Prison Library Placement Program
    by Margaret Downey
  • Reason and Empathy in the Enlightenment
    by Dr. John D. Eigenauer
  • National Day of Reason
    by Herb Silverman
  • Over the Moon for Neil Armstrong
    by Dennis Middlebrooks
  • 2019 Secular Day of the Dead Announcement
  • Announcement of the CSI 2019 Conference
  • Donation and Information Page

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September, October, November, December 2018 eZine Newsletter

September, October, November, December 2018 eZine Newsletter

Click here  to see the September, October, November, December 2018 Freethought Society (FS) Ezine.

In the Ezine you will find the following articles:

  • A Four-Month Combined Issue to Bring Readers Up-To-Date, by Margaret Downey
  • Photos from the Twenty-Fifth Anniversary of the Robert Green Ingersoll Birthplace Museum
  • More Photos from the Twenty-Fifth Anniversary of the Robert Green Ingersoll Birthplace Museum
  • Skeptics at the 2018 DragonCon Event
    by Margaret Downey
  • More DragonCon 2018 Skeptic Photos
  • The Los Angeles, California Secular Day of the Dead
    by Margaret Downey
  • 2018 Secular Day of the Dead Photos
  • BSA’s Religious Recruitment/Anti-Nontheist Signs: Activist Report
    With submissions by Margaret Downey, Sally Flynn and Thomas Schottmiller
  • The Schwartz Event
  • How Freethinkers Can Save the Truth
    by Dr. Gleb Tsipursky
  • The Freethought Society’s 2018/2019 Activities Calendar
  • Donation and Information Page

 

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We hope that you will remain or become an active supporter of the great work FS is doing. Please donate to the general fund or select a project you want to help sponsor. All donations to FS are tax-deductible!

If the Ezine inspires you to become more actively involved with FS, please provide us with your contact information, including your phone number and mailing address.

Join UsSpecial events are being planned in your area so don’t miss an opportunity to participate further. All personal information is confidential and will not be shared with other organizations.

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January February 2016 Newsletter

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In the newsletter you will find the following articles:

Chester County Commissioners Reject Nontheist Winter Holiday Symbol, Again! by Margaret Downey

The Integrity and Humility of Science by Hugh Taft-Morales

Photos of the 2015 Philadelphia Tree of Knowledge Event

Photos of the 10-Year Anniversary of the Kitzmiller/Dover Decision

A Public Nontheist Veterans Day Celebration by Margaret Downey

Photos of the 2015 Verterans Day Celebration

The Freethought Society’s 2016 Four-Month Calendar

Another Fantastic Secular Day of the Dead Event by Margaret Downey

Photos of the 2015 Secular Day of the Dead Event

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Donation and Information Page

We hope that you will remain or become an active supporter of the great work FS is doing. Please donate to the general fund or select a project you want to help sponsor. All donations to FS are tax-deductible!

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