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This is how Hollywood Forever Cemetery throws a massive Day of the Dead party

By in Press Enterprise on October 24, 2017

By Richard Guzman

The Hollywood Forever Cemetery’s annual celebration of life returns on Oct. 28, as the 117-year-old site hosts a colorful party, art show and concert to mark Day of the Dead.

“It will be a feast for your eyes,” said Celine Mares, the creative director and one of the founders of the Dia de los Muertos event.

About 40,000 people are expected to attend the daylong celebration where they will see altars, hear music, watch cultural dances and remember those who have passed away.

It’s all about honoring your ancestors and keeping their memories alive, Mares said.

“It’s a positive, happy calling of the spirits and not forgetting where you came from and how important family is,” she said.

Here are some of the highlights for the upcoming Day of the Dead celebration at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.


The altars are the heart of Dia de los Muertos, and there will be about 100 or so community altars on display throughout the cemetery.

These colorful shrines celebrate the lives of those who have passed and can range from simple displays, with a picture of a deceased family member, to more elaborate, conceptual altars.

Some include flowers, perforated paper banners, skulls and even alcoholic beverages for the deceased.

There will also be a main community altar depicting a globe.

This is to mark the tragedies that have happened around the world this year, from hurricanes in Puerto Rico to the mass shooting in Las Vegas.

Altars are at the heart of the Day of the Dead celebration at Hollywood Forever. Photo by David Young Wolff


Located inside the Cathedral Mausoleum, the art exhibition this year honors Mexican artist Jose Guadalupe Posada who is known for creating La Catrina, an image of an elegant female skeleton.

The exhibition will include paintings, sculptures and mixed media works honoring or inspired by Posada’s work.

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