Published on October 30th, 2015 | by gatsbyadmin0
Dia de los Muertos – Los Angeles
Parts of Downtown Los Angeles date back to 1818, and Olvera St is one of the oldest places in Downtown LA. As part of the “El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Monument,” restoration of this section began in 1926, and has become a tourist attraction as well as a Los Angeles School field trip destination, as my 6th grade field trip to Olvera St was something we looked forward to for years.
From October 25 – November 3, 2015 Olvera St will be hosting their annual “Dia De Los Muertos” celebration at the El Pueblo Historic Monument, which includes Olvera St. The candlelight processions are held nightly from Oct 25-Nov 2, 2015, beginning at 7pm on Olvera St. Remembering the loved ones we have lost, and still honor, altars are made and displayed to show the love still here on earth for those whom have moved on. If wanted, you must apply for altar space which you can do here.
Before the procession honoring the altars, ceremonial cleansing, blessings, and sweet bread, will be offered to the community involved. November 2-3, 2015, there will be face painting, mariachi bands, Aztec dancers, puppets, and street theater performances, among the many other family friendly activities from 10am – 8pm daily.
Altars will be on view for reflection from October 25 – November 3, 2015.
Olvera St is a gem among the Downtown LA streets and something that I recommend visiting whether it be Dia De Los Muertos, or just a regular Tuesday. At the very end on the right, Vega, creates the most amazing purses, and all other creations handmade leather. There is also a shop full of iconography that has some of the most amazing scarves, candles, and other one of a kind items that you can only get on Olvera St, just past the fruit stands, on the right. I highly recommend it.
Written by: Courtney Gilmore @ogofCBD