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Celebrate Dia de Los Muertos!

Have you ever heard of Dia de Los Muertos? It’s a Mexican holiday in October that pays tribute to the departed with roots tracing back to Aztec and Catholicism traditions. On October 27, Los Angeles will host its own Dia de Los Muertos celebration at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. It will be the largest celebration of its kind in California. If you’re staying in Bob Hope airport hotels, this is a great pre-Halloween event to attend!

A prominent symbol of Dia de Los Muertos is the skull. It is believed that skulls contain spiritual powers, so skeleton decorations are everywhere at this festival. Attire supporting Dia De Los Muertos is strongly encouraged so that you may see Calaca (skeleton) apparel everywhere! There will even be a costume contest for the best-dressed skeleton. If you don’t have the clothing, you can still represent the holiday by getting your face painted like a skull for $5-$20. Many variations are representing different gods and goddesses with intricate detail.

Another highlight of the festival is the public altars people create to honor loved ones, celebrities, soldiers, and many more. Three prizes of $3000, $2000, and $1000 will be given out to the judges’ favorite altars. Each altar includes the four elements of nature: earth, wind, water, and fire, along with incense, pictures of the honored individual, the skull, and the marigold flower that is said to guide the spirits. For more information on festival altars, click here.

There will be musical performances all day by Ozomatli, La Santa Cecilia, Very Be Careful, Las Cafeteras, and Tribu throughout the day. The Dance plaza will feature hundreds of Aztec Ritual dancers. The Cathedral Mausoleum provides a place for local artists to display and sell skull-decorated paintings and sculptures. Food and arts & crafts vendors will also be open during the event for more entertainment.

Have a great Dia de Los Muertos in Los Angeles!

Event Details

Dates: October 27, 2012

Times: noon to midnight

Location: 6000 Santa Monica Boulevard

Hollywood, CA

Admission: $10

For more information, please visit www.ladayofthedead.com.