TO BE HOSTED
EAST LOS ANGELES CIVIC CENTER
Uniting the community for a tradition rooted in Mexican culture, as we celebrate our enduring connection to loved ones who have passed away, the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation will host a free Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration at the East Los Angeles Civic Center (4801 E. Third St., Los Angeles, CA 90022) on Saturday, Nov. 2.
From 3 p.m.-10 p.m., the cultural festival will feature an array of colorful activities — including live music, an altar-decorating contest, a diverse marketplace of exhibitors making and selling handmade Día de Los Muertos arts, crafts and jewelry, vendors with food (including the traditional pan de muerto) for sale and much more.
Inside the East L.A. Library, festival-goers can experience artist George Newnam’s amazing Casa de Calaveras (House of Skeletons). Visitors will marvel at this dazzling exhibit, which chronicles the exploits of a happily married couple’s journey back to the land of the living in order to enjoy earthly delights.
Beginning at 8:30 p.m., renowned scholar Gregorio Luke will share a multimedia presentation at the Belvedere Lakeside Amphitheatre. The presentation by the former director of the Museum of Latin American Art will trace the historical, cultural and culinary significance of Día de Los Muertos.
Originating with indigenous observances for the dead that date back thousands of years, the celebration has been designated as a national holiday in Mexico. It customarily centers on families and neighbors, who gather in local cemeteries to share prayer, food, music and fun with their extended community — both living and departed.
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