Dia de los Muertos, Hollywood Forever Cemetery, October 2009
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Hollywood Forever is L.A.'s oldest memorial park, Rita Hayworth and Rudolph Valentino's final resting place.  On its 109th year anniversary, Lisa and I went to the 10th annual Dia de Los Muertos commemoration.

Dia de los Muertos is about gathering families and friends to  pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. Although this usually corresponds with the Catholic holiday All Saints' Day on November 1 and 2, Hollywood Forever held it the weekend before.  Traditions include building private altars honoring the deceased, using sugar skulls and the favorite foods, beverages, and affects of the departed.

Historians trace the origins  to indigenous observances 2500-3000 years ago ago as well as to an Aztec festival dedicated to a goddess called Mictecacihuatl.

Familia calaca.

Los niņos Calaca.

Magic lasso.

Skulls, or calaveras.

Aztec dancing.

A large floating light illuminates the crypt and little boy below as the sun sinks into the horizon.

An altar for a loved one.

A dancing skeleton towers over the crowd.

Nuestra seņora de los gatos.

After watching Lila Downs perform, we left, and I drove to Dave Bryce's Halloween party, arriving around 11pm.


Dia de los Muertos, Hollywood Forever Cemetery, October 2009
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