Dia de los
DIA DE LOS MUERTOS FESTIVAL
OCTOBER 25 THRU NOVEMBER 2, 2022
For over 35 years, the merchants on Olvera Street have celebrated Dia de los Muertos. The celebration has evolved to incorporate the pre-Columbian, Aztec, Mayan and Catholic rituals surrounding death. Each night, a vibrant and colorful procession sets the stage for our ceremony.
Dia de los Muertos is, in fact, a celebration of life – it is not a time to mourn our loved ones, rather it is a time to remember the lives they lead and the many things they enjoyed during that life. Death is a part of life, and so we honor it. Dia de los Muertos at Olvera Street is the only celebration of its kind in Los Angeles – A nine (9) day festival, with a nightly procession, community altars on display, and entertainment.
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October 29 thru November 2
10:00am to 9:00pm
OUTDOOR ALTAR DISPLAY
No Drinking, Eating, Smoking, or Loitering around altars
Please respect the altar spaces
We will have a Community Altar where you are welcome to add the name or photo of a loved one - please bring a copy of your photo only.
October 25 thru November 2
Traditional Mayan Blessing/Soul Cleansing takes place before and after the procession
Grupo Tartalejos – an indigenous Aztec group leading the procession with incense and ceremonial blessing
“Living Muertos” – participants dress up as skeletons
Procession leads to nightly ceremony in the Kiosko, where the loved ones of a merchant family or special community member is chosen to be honored
Free sweet bread & beverages* are given to all in attendance