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Monday, October 27, 2014

Celebrate Pacoima! Dia De Los Muertos Festival - Nov. 1 & Nov. 2

In Latin America, many people believe that the souls of the dead return each year on Dia de los Muertos (November 1st) to visit loved ones. To welcome them back, the living prepare commemorative altars with symbolic ofrendas. Often, people also decorate gravesites and an area in the home to remember and welcome the souls back. 

Photo Credit: Manny Velazquez
Ofrendas are items that the deceased enjoyed while alive and that will entice the soul to return (for example a favorite drink, food or game); other things that invite them back are items that represent earth, wind, fire and water (four elements in nature). Earth is usually represented by a fruit, plants or clay. Wind usually is represented by papel picado. Candles are used to represent fire. Cups are left with water to quench the souls thirst after a long journey back. 

Marigolds are also often included in altars because they are believed to light the way for the dead with their bright color and fragrance. Sugar skulls, photos, and even articles about the person being commemorated are also part of a typical altar. 

This year the Museum's Public Art Committee is commemorating fallen artists at the Celebrate Pacoima! Dia De Los Muertos Festival on Saturday, Nov. 1st from 1pm to 9pm and Sunday, Nov. 2nd from 1pm to 5pm. Come channel Rivera, Siqueiros and Orozco and help paint a mural. Bring some food and eat at our picnic style altar or enjoy food outdoors at a local restaurant.

Also decorate paper skulls, enjoy artwork from local artists, listen to live music, face painting and take a free mural walking tour. You can also commemorate anyone by bringing a picture or item to add to the community altar. FAMILY FRIENDLY FREE EVENT!

1 comment: said...

Thank you Maryley, sounds like fun.