Day of the Dead or Día de Muertos
Do you love this holiday or what? Coinciding with Halloween—our favorite time of the year by the way—the Day of the Dead is a primarily Mexican holiday. It is celebrated with family gatherings, festivals and observances for those who have died.
Called Día de Muertos in Spanish, it is honored all over the world. Some of the symbols surrounding it include brightly decorated skulls, known as sugar skulls, and alters that are adorned in a way to celebrate those who have passed. People often visit and decorate the graves of loved ones as well. They will also leave gifts and previous possessions of those who have passed.
History of Día de Muertos
Many believe that the souls of their dearly departed come and join the festivities during this time of the year. The date of October 31st, which is also known as All Hallow’s Eve, is thought to be the time of year when the veil that separates the living and the dead is the thinnest. The Day of the Dead is often celebrated this day, as well as on November 1st and 2nd.
The reason people dress up this time of the year, is actually so they blend in with the wandering spirits. It is an “if you can’t beat them, join them” concept.
Many people from different walks of life join in Day of the Dead festivities. There are parades, music, and various celebrations all over the globe. The way people participate is different everywhere. Some events are traditional, while others are modern and contemporary, like the annual Day of the Dead party at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
Celebrating Day of the Dead in LA
Hollywood Forever Cemetery is the final resting place of many notable names in entertainment. It is a tourist destination and features movie nights and other festivities. During Day of the Dead, the cemetery transforms as people come to celebrate and remember.
The events range from beautiful displays to honor those who have passed, music, food and dancing. There are competitions and the day is designed for families.
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