Celebrations for Dia de los Muertos will begin on Saturday on Olvera Street in El Pueblo Historical Monument. The historic neighborhood is located in downtown Los Angeles, across from Union Station and is home to seven museums, historical sights and an outdoor Mexican market.

The 5th annual Dia de Los Muertos celebration will include art exhibits by local artists, clothing, jewelry, face painting and food for sale. In addition to the permanent vendors on Olvera Street, expect pop-up shops by 40 local artists, plus coloring books and crafts for children.

Enjoy free dance, music and theater performances starting at 10 a.m. Performers include Mariachi Alegria de la Vida, Grupo Folklorico Tzintzuni, Teatro del Barrio performing “La Danza de la Muerte,” and others.

Dia de Los Muertos is a holiday which originated in Mexico and celebrates the life of deceased friends and family members. Departed souls are thought to pay visits to Earth during the holiday, from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2. Dia de los Muertos is usually celebrated with candles, altars to the departed, pan de muerto, a special confection; and calacas. The calaca or playful skeleton figure is a often traced back to a fashionable skeleton, called La Catrina, in a Diego Rivera mural “Dream of a Sunday Afternoon in Alameda Park.”

The Dia de los Muertos Art Walk will take place on Saturday, Oct. 6 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Olvera Street. The event is free and open to the public.

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