Dia De Los Muertos or Day of The Dead is one of Mexico’s traditional holidays honoring passed family and friends. Believed to be the night when the ‘veil’ between the living and the dead is at its thinnest so the dead may visit the living. Dating back to 3000 years to the Aztecs and Mayans it has continued to survive and be celebrated as was then. Dia De Los Muertos is not a morbid or mournful commemoration but a colorful, happy event when families share memories and stories of the lives of their ancestors.
Los Angeles celebrates its 14th Dia De Los Muertos on Saturday 2nd November 2013 at Hollywood Forever Cemetery (6000 Santa Monica Blvd, 90038). Hollywood Forever is the only cemetery in the country, which welcomes the community to commemorate El Dia de Los Muertos.
The highlight of the event is an altar competition with elaborately decorated altars honoring the dead. The altars are usually laden with photos, mementos, sugar skulls, bread, and other favorite things of the persons being honored. As you wander the grounds of the cemetery enjoying the fabulous altars, you will see other cultural demonstrations like traditional dancing and live music. There are lots of delicious Mexican cuisine on sale as well as Day Of The Dead themed art and crafts available from stalls in the park. As the evening stars appear as the cemetery comes to life with altars lit up by candlelight – it truly is a unique experience.