For those Angelinos who missed the Oct. 28th Dia de los Muertos festivities at L.A.’s famous Hollywood Forever Cemetery, there’s always next year - but did you ever miss the greatest of all celebrations! This most glorious of all Day of the Dead observances here in L.A., where the photos accompanying this post were taken, was attended by upwards of ten thousand walking dead, with art and craft booths, troupes of folk and Aztec Dancers, art shows and hundreds of altars to the dearly departed - including a beautiful altar to Johnny, Joey, and Dee Dee of the Ramones! (Johnny is actually buried at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.)
But there’s still more fun to be had! Over at LatinoLA, RuthAnne Tarletz de Molina has a listing of Day of the Dead events taking place across Los Angeles, from the traditional to the avant-garde. Don’t miss the Dia de los Muertos Art/Altar-Installations presented by our friends at Tropico de Nopal Gallery-Art Space at 1665 Beverly Blvd., in L.A. You can view the altars at Nopal from Nov. 2 through the 18th, but DON’T MISS the Calavera Fashion Show & Walking Altars extravaganza on Saturday evening, Nov. 4th!
Also, our friends in the Mexica Dance Group, Danza Mexica Cuauhtemoc, have informed us of a special ritual celebration they invite the public to attend. Here’s what the compañeros and compañeras from Danza Mexica Cuauhtemoc write:
“The indigenous cultures have always had celebrations to rejoin with all those who have departed from this world, usually around the autumn equinox. This is an opportunity to make the children aware of their past (self, familiar and communal.) In the Mexica tradition we elaborate altars, which display precious objects and dishes that have relationship with those being remembered. Children will, as expected, be puzzled about those objects and will ask, that is our chance to have them acquainted with their history; and prepared them for the difficulties ahead in order to have a good, long life though the stories about the live and death of their ancestors; all that in a joyful dancing and singing celebration about life and death. Danza Mexica Cuauhtemoc Mexica Dance Group, invites you, to celebrate Día de los Muertos at Parque de Mexico - corner of North Main y North Mission in Lincoln Heights (L. A.). Wednesday Nov 1st from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. Join us, build your own altar or bring an offering, picture etc.”
Danza Mexica Cuauhtemoc will be holding other ceremonies across Southern Califas, from Baldwin Park and Long Beach to the San Fernando Valley and Ventura county. Call (213) 481 8265 for more information.