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Bring out the Dead!

by Alethea (writer), Los Angeles, November 01, 2006

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Today is the celebrated Dia de los Muertos, Day of the Dead. This occasion stems way back to Aztecs celebrating death as a continuation of life. They felt, to much surprise from the Spanish, that the real life begins when we wake from this dream of life (by dying). Life is a dream; the real awakening is through death. Today it's a celebration of the deceased which is celebrated on All Saint's Day (Nov. 1) and All Soul's Day (Nov. 2).

The best way to describe this celebration in Mexico is a huge party at the cemetery (although I haven't had the fortune of actually seeing it in Mexico). Relatives of the deceased visit the gravesites of their loved ones and begin to clean and decorate them. Toys are brought for the passed children, while food, candies, and drinks are brought for the passed adults. Although, the live relatives will consume this food later, it is thought to have no nutritional value as the spirits have consumed all of its “nutritional essence”. Some relatives leave pillows and blankets out for their relatives, and may even spend the night in the cemetery. Skulls and skeletons are a popular motif as they can be found in much of the decorations, costumes, and even food.

Even though Mexico may be a bit out of the itinerary if an Angeleno wanted to celebrate such a holiday, there are alternatives that one can attend. Olvera Street in Los Angeles has a Day of the Dead celebration every year on the 1st and the 2nd of November. The Hollywood Forever Cemetery also has a huge celebration yearly.

Although those may not be viable options due to time constraints, Canoga Park also has a celebration this Sunday, November 5th. It’s located at Sherman Way and Canoga and will last from 10am to 5pm. There will be food, raffles, music, art, and other activities going on. Admission is free. You can check out the website at mainstreetcanogapark.org. Although it may not be exactly like the celebration in Mexico, it will probably be a fun introductory to Mexican culture.


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1 comments on Bring out the Dead!

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By Annonymous on November 02, 2006 at 12:57 am
Interesting topic but the writing could have been better in my opinion. The use of "Even though" and "Although" is a little too excessive towards the end. I'm sure your next article will be better in that sense :-) Cheers!
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