A couple of friends of mine were interested in celebrating Dia De Los Muertes on November 1st in honor of a friend that passed away way too soon last year. So we started in Old Town Pasadena for their celebration but we only found a few window displays (and a few shopping items). We all got the memo, and dressed in black and wore as many flowers in our hair as possible. It’s November but it was 90 degrees out so we were in summer attire.
We understand that Dia de Los Muertes is a celebration of remembering loved ones that passed before us. This seemed fitting and so we went on this mission to check things out. There seems to be lots of symbolism or traditions that have evolved such as sugar skulls, gold marigolds, altars and displays. Some of it seems scary, but I gather that culturally it’s meant to honor or show respect for the deceased.
Since Pasadena wasn’t quite what we were looking for, we decided to go to Olvera Street in downtown LA cause if there was going to be a celebration near us, that would have to be where it was at! We were right. There was a ton of traffic, hard to find parking and lots of crowds to navigate which proved we were right and it accomplished our mission. It was a feast for our eyes!
The day proved to be a cultural feast that helped us hold significance for a passed loved one for the girls. Even though it was crowded, it was great fun to see the traditions, colors, fabrics, altar displays and hear the music! We, of course, ended the day at a Mexican restaurant with food and margaritas. It was a great Dia to remember!
Do any of you celebrate Dia de Los Muertes? What are your traditions?