Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Dia de los Muertos at Hollywood Forever Cemetery 2009

Life size paper mache sculpture in the mausoleum. 
My sister with Toot watching a performance in the mausoleum. 
Toot was also drawn to these two women (men?). Their costumes and makeup were wild. I wish I had taken a better photo.

This was the stage background. It was enormous and beautiful. I was reminded of my childhood when we would go to Tijuana. In Tijuana I was mesmerized by all the amazing colors and smells that were so different from here at home. I want my girl to experience as many places and events like this while she is young so that she may also have the connection of my family's culture.  

Oh! and we got to see and hear Lila Downs perform on this stage. Great voice and performer! A first for all of us.

I will leave you with these photos of our experience. Celebrate! May you have a safe and fun Halloween or Dia de los Muertos and remember your family and friends who have gone on to the spirit world.


  1. I managed to grow up (in SoCal!) and live almost to middle age before I ever heard of Dia de los Muertos. I love the whole idea of it, and I love the displays and the bright colors. And it does have a sweeter, more joyful "vibe" than Halloween, which hovers somewhere between scary, horror, and just plain silly.

    Glad you guys had a great time.

  2. This was a fun post. The photos were something I wanted to share with my blogging friends. Glad you liked them, Gene.

    Halloween has gotten silly. I liked it when it was about kids throwing together costumes and going trick or treating. Now, it seems the adults are taking over and taking Halloween to extremes in many ways. What do I know - I've got a three year old who is dressing up as spiderman (store bought costume-She wouldn't let me leave the store without it.) and she's never seen a spiderman cartoon. I'll stick to making my humble altar here at home and putting photos of family and friends to remember them. Thanks for your comment, Cindy.

  3. Anna, I LOVE these pictures and I love the fact that you're teaching the little one about this holiday! It is a favorite holdiay of mine as well. I was actually thinking about visiting Grandma on the 1st (this sunday). Maybe we can make it a family event and celebrate together! I'm not sure how often you check your blog, but I'll call you tomorrow and let you know for sure if I'll be heading down there and to possibly set up a time where we can all meet together. I hope the little has a blast this Holloween!