Saturday, October 30, 2010

Dia De Los Muertos and Honoring Ancestors

Dia De Los Muertos or Day of the Dead, is coming and I'm looking forward to celebrating this event later tonight* with a dear friend at Hollywood Forever...

This is an annual event in the Latino community, especially in Los Angeles, and it's a way for people to honor their ancestors. I've been honoring my family ancestors throughout this month by sharing stories of them and I've been honored to hear stories of your family ancestors that you have shared with me. Let me share a few images from past events so you can see how Dia De Los Muertos is celebrated at Hollywood Forever...

A calavera just hanging out for the festivities!

It's a fun day of festivities, performers and vendors, but the big attraction is the display of altars, also called "ofrendas", which are created to honor those who have passed from this world into the next world. Many of the altars are conceptual ones, but traditionally they are made with images of the deceased and surrounded by beloved tokens, personal items and favorite foods and beverages enjoyed when they were alive...

 Here is one altar honoring family ancestors - I love the way it's a "Theater of Life"...

Many of the altars are conceptual ones made to honor the passing of beloved pets or of celebrities, especially since Hollywood Forever is a cemetery that has a few celebrities buried here...

Rock On - an altar to honor great rock musicians, complete with instruments - maybe they'll come out to play! ;)

Dog Heaven - an altar celebrating canine friends who have left this world...

This altar was for the victims of the Avian Flu epidemic - those beautiful, singing winged creatures...

You can watch old silent films at this event and popcorn is provided - mmm, popcorn!

Hollywood Forever is a beautiful cemetery and my grandmothers ashes were spread here under a beautiful sculpture; we also honored the passing of my grandfather in the same area...

The sculpture where my Grandma Betty's ashes were scattered - she loved angels!

Dia De Los Muertos is a beautiful way to honor those who have passed from this world and into the next. It's a way to re-connect with the memories we have so we can keep them close to our hearts...

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Do you have a way you honor beloved family and friends who are no longer among us? How do you celebrate their memory and the life they lead? I'd love to hear about it!

Feliz a Dia De Los Muertos!!


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* - if it doesn't rain, that is!!

1 comment:

TJ said...

Wow cool post. These oferendas are amazing. I've never been to a day-of-the-dead celebration but it sure seems fascinating... happy creations from germany, tj