19th Annual Dia de los Muertos festival comes to the Hollywood Forever Cemetery


One of L.A.’s largest Dia de los Muertos celebrations is set to return to the resting place of the stars on Saturday, Oct. 27. Dia de los Muertos originated in Southern Mexico and is celebrated from the evening of Oct. 31 until Nov. 2,  when the souls of the deceased are believed to return to Earth.

The Hollywood Forever Cemetery described the upcoming event on their website as a “tribute to Feminine Power and Divinity.”

The theme of this year’s celebration is Coatlicue known as the “mother of the gods” in Aztec lore. According to legend, Coatlicue gave birth to the moon, stars, and Huitzilopochtli, the god of the sun and war. She is often depicted as a great mother figure and wears a skirt of snakes.

Dia de los Muertos wouldn’t be complete without altars. Altars to pay respect to departed friends and relatives, and usually feature photos, trinkets and the deceased’s favorite food, plus pan de muerto, a special bread prepared for the holiday.

Hollywood Forever will have more than 100 altars set up by community members, starting on Friday, Oct. 26. Judges will select the best altar of each of the following categories: Theme of Event, Traditional Altar, Contemporary Altar. Winners will receive a cash price of $3,000.

Expect a traditional procession with Aztec blessings, activities for children and performances throughout the day. Other highlights include an art exhibit in the Cathedral Mausoleum curated by Luis Villanueva and performances by Panteón Rococó, the Mexican Institute of Sound and Ballet Folklorico. Food, drinks and crafts will be available for purchase.

The 19th Annual Dia de los Muertos Celebration takes place on Saturday, Oct. 27 from noon until midnight. Tickets are $25 per person. Seniors, 65 and older, and children, 8 and under, are free until 4 p.m.

Hollywood Forever Cemetery is located at  6000 Santa Monica Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90038


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