Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a day of celebration for the people of Latin America, particularly in Mexico and Central America, and more recently for Mexican Americans. Rather than grieve over the loss of a beloved family or friend, they choose to commemorate the lives of the dearly departed and welcome the return of their spirits. The history of Day of the Dead is embedded with Pre-Hispanic and Spanish customs. These customs shaped the common elements of traditional Mexican Dia de los Muertos.
Here's the schedule of events as of press time:
Monday October 31
5:30pm PDT Opening Procession
Participate in this opening procession starting in the placita area (town square) of Latino Virtual Museum’s Music Island and weaving through the path of marigolds. The procession includes performances by Elena Díaz Bjorkquist as Teresita Urrea, Nancy Lorenza Green ( percussion), Maria Miranda Maloney and Griselda Muñoz (poetry), and a blessing by Francisco X. Alarcón. After the procession, help build an altar dedicated to Lalo Guerrero, Israel "Cachao" Lopez, Selena, Tito Puente, Gilbert ‘Magu’ (Sanchez) Lujan, and La Lupe.
Tuesday November 1
5:30pm PDT Dead Poets Reading
Wednesday November 2
12pm PDT Traditional Ball Game Tournament
6pm PDT Costume Contest
6:30pm PDT Race Car Sculptures by Chicano artist Magu