Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is the festive Mexican celebration of All Souls Day. In Latino culture, the day after Halloween is reserved to commemorate the lives of deceased family and friends with song, dance, food and blessing ceremonies. Revelers build decorative altars honoring the deceased and participate in colorful processions. Los Angeles’s Mexican community offers a few major public Dia De Los Muertos celebrations.
Dia De Los Muertos
Hollywood Forever Cemetery
6000 Santa Monica Boulevard
Hollywood, Ca. 90038
Saturday, October 10, 2010, 2 p.m. – 12 a. m
The 11th Annual Dia De Los Muertos at Hollywood Forever Cemetery combines the best of traditional Mexican Day of the Dead celebrations with L. A. rock n’ roll panache. This Day of the Dead celebration attracts a cross-section of families, teens, and local show biz types playing dress up.
The 100 acre Hollywood Forever Cemetery in the heart of Tinseltown is the final resting place of Rudolph Valentino, Edward Fairbanks, Don Adams (“Get Smart”) and musicians DeeDee and Johnny Ramone. Costumed partygoers admire the Day of the Dead Altars set up on the grounds. (L.A residents apply for a chance to set up an altar at the celebration). There will be a conventional Day of the Dead procession, along with Aztec spiritual cleanse and Fire Dance to welcome the deceased into the afterlife.
Café Tacuba singer Ruben Albarran will headline a special presentation to commemorate the Mexican Independence Bicentennial. Mexican dancers and folk singers will also perform.
Bring the kids to Children’s Space, where they can get their faces painted and listen to mythical stories from Mexico and other countries. Buy handmade jewelry and other crafts from vendors, or visit the Art Tent to view Dia De Los Muertos paintings and sculpture. Food and beverage booths sell Mexican food, ice cream, soda, beer and other goodies.
Admission is $10, and children under age 10 are free. Parking is limited. Taxi and carpool use is encouraged.
Self-Help Graphics and Art
37th Annual Day of the Dead Celebration
Revolution Without Borders ” Revolucion Sin Fronteras”
November 2, 2010, 6 p.m. – 11 p. m.
East L.A. Civic Center
4801 East 3rd Street
Los Angeles, Ca. 90022
An East L.A. institution, the Day of the Dead festivities at Self-Help Graphics feature a procession and Aztec ceremony, along with craft vendors, music and dance performances and authentic Mexican food. A non-profit organization that has served the Latino community since 1972, Self-Help Graphics provides printmaking and art workshops to East L.A. residents. Their galleries showcase some of the area’s best new artists. A special art exhibit, opening on October 29th, is slated to correspond with the Dia De Los Muertos celebration. The event is free to the public, but donations are appreciated.
Dia De Los Muertos Processions
El Pueblo Historical Monument,
El Pueblo De Los Angeles Historic Park
125 Paseo de la Plaza, Los Angeles, Ca. 90012
Processions nightly October 25-November 2, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Fiesta Muertos Nov 1-2, 10 a. m. – 6 p. m.
Olvera Street teems with history that dates back to the founding days of L.A. El Pueblo Historic Monument, with its colorful shops and outdoor plaza, transports modern day Los Angelenos into an historic Mexican village. A tourist favorite, this area becomes even more vibrant during Dia de Los Muertos with a traditional procession, altars and face painting for the kids. Enjoy free champurrado ( a hot chocolate-based drink) and Mexican sweet bread during the festivities. Free to the public. Park in one of 5 nearby lots, or take the Red Line train to Union Station.