Día De Los Muertos has been a celebrated holiday in México and within indigenous cultures. With the deep roots in Mestizo culture and its origins among the conquistadors Catholic interventions, El Día de Los Muertos became the country’s most revered holiday.
For those who may not know it’s core values or meaning, El Día de Los Muertos is a holiday in which people honor their deceased loved ones. On this day, it is believed their spirit returns from the dead and can partake in the things they loved the most. Whether it be their favorite foods, beloved music, or favorite drink, it is during this time that graves are decorated and adorned with such things.
El Día de Los Muertos has crossed borders and can be genuinely celebrated by all cultures. Although it’s all too often confused as another form of Halloween, the meaning behind El Día de Los Muertos is quickly being taught and accepted by the non-Hispanic community. Not only are they welcoming its teachings, but many cities across Southern California are organizing celebrations of their own for this cultural celebration.
Community festivals and parades led by traditional Aztec dancers are some of the events that continue to be offered each year. The traditions of Day of the Dead is spreading quickly, showcasing altars of loved ones and faces painted like Calaveras, Southern California has adopted El Día De Los Muertos as one of their own traditions.
In Orange County, thirty-five separate festivals encompassed traditional folkloric dances, Calavera exhibits, creative altars honoring the deceased, along with mouth-watering puestos and booths selling traditional food. From parades to concerts, the celebration of this native holiday has changed the Latino community here in Southern California. In Santa Ana, the day was full of culture, music, and love for an indigenous celebration and beloved tradition.