Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Dia De Los Muertos

Photo # 2: Altar for killed US soldiers at Hollywood Forever Cemetary
Photo # 4: Skeleton at Hollywood Forever Cemetary
Taken by Sappho.

Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a Mexican celebration to remember & honor those loved ones who have departed. It is believed that the spirit of the dead visit their families on October 31st & leave November 2nd.
In order to celebrate, families make altars & place ofrendas (offerings) of food such as pan de muerto, candles, incense, yellow marigolds known as Cempazuchitil, & photos of the departed soul, on the altar.
On this day in Mexico, the streets are filled with decorations of papel picado, flowers, & candy skulls.
It is a time to remember lost loved ones, but also a time of celebration. Death is respected greatly in Mexican culture & celebrated throughout.
Here in Los Angeles, Dia de los Muertos is widely celebrated. There are quite a few festivals, some which I attended & have posted my personal photos I took below.
The Hollywood Forever Cemetary in Hollywood has an amazing festival every year where families make altars for show & prize money. There's great food, shopping, music, & costumes---all in the fitting setting of the cemetary where many deceased famous people lie.