Dating back hundreds of years, Día de los Muertos (“Day of the Dead”) is celebrated throughout Mexico and around the world. During the multi-day holiday, family and friends gather to honor and celebrate loved ones who have passed away. Traditions include building ofrendas (private altars), enjoying the favorite dishes and drinks of the departed and visiting graves with mementos of the deceased.
There are multiple events located throughout Southern California happening now through the weekend, and many are within walking distance of Metrolink station.
DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS FESTIVAL – OLVERA STREET (OCT. 25 – NOV. 2, 2019)
Located at El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, Olvera Street is one of L.A.’s most popular tourist destinations, home to a colorful marketplace, restaurants and some of the city’s oldest landmarks. For more than 30 years, the merchants of Olvera Street have celebrated the annual Día de los Muertos Festival. The pre-Columbian Novenario Procession is held nightly on Olvera Street from Oct. 25 – Nov. 2 beginning at 7 p.m. Before and after each candlelight procession, Mayan blessings and cleansings will be offered. Following each procession, free pan de muerto (sweet bread) and champurrado(Mexican hot beverage) will be served. Community altars (“las ofrendas”) will be on display in the Plaza Oct. 28 – Nov. 2. There will also be daily live entertainment and weekend face painters that will turn you into a calavera.
Take Metrolink to LA Union Station and Olvera Street is across the street!