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35 places to celebrate Dia de los Muertos in Southern California

By in Press Enterprise on October 26, 2017

By Marla Jo Fisher

Day of the Dead is a celebration when the dearly departed return briefly to earth, to spend time with those they left behind. Celebrants create altars dedicated to the memory of the deceased, laden with some of their favorite things – from a bottle of liquor to a stuffed animal, and decorated with marigolds, the traditional flower of the dead. This Mexican festival began before the arrival of the Spaniard conquerors, and was merged into the existing All Souls Day celebrated by Christians. These days, it’s typically celebrated between Oct. 31 and Nov. 2, depending on location. Over the last few decades, it has also become a symbol of Mexican national pride and spread north into the U.S.

Here are some places to celebrate locally in 2017:

1 Anaheim: 5 to 7 p.m.,Thursday, Nov. 2. Free. Anaheim Cemetery Day of the Dead. Featuring a blessing by Father Arturo Ferreras of St. Matthew Ecumenical Church, mariachi music by Sean Oliu, and Ballet Folklorico Donaji. Free refreshments, desserts and Pan de Muertos, along with free small bouquets of marigold will be available while supplies last, and children can color their own free Dia de los Muertos mask. No parking inside the cemetery during the program. Please use street parking near the cemetery. Location: 1400 E. Sycamore St. Anaheim. Learn more:

2. Anaheim: Anaheim Marketplace. Noon to 4 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 5. Free. 4th Annual Dia de los Muertos Celebration at this indoor swap meet. Families will be invited to place photos of their loved ones in a traditional Dia de los Muertos altar. Mariachi and folkloric dancers, arts & crafts, face painting, and much more will be available for the entire family. Location: 1440 S. Anaheim Blvd. Learn more:

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