The City of Santa Monica will celebrate Dia de los Muertos (Day of
the Dead) this Saturday, Nov. 2, the Mexican holiday where family and
friends gather to honor and celebrate loved ones that have passed.
The celebration will take place at Woodlawn Cemetery from 11 am to 2
pm and will focus on the traditions that make up this celebration of
life and death.
The event is free and open to all. Parking and bike valet are also free.
The event offers a variety of ways for participants to learn about
the philosophy and history of the day including an opening procession
with Ketzaliztli Aztec dancers.
There will also be a workshop to create offerings of marigold
coronitas (crowns) and papel picado (perforated paper) for loved ones
who have passed, self-guided tours of the cemetery that explore the
history of local famous people, a documentary on how a small town in
Mexico prepares for the celebration, a traditional Nahuatl ceremonial
blessing and musicians performing throughout the cemetery to honor those
who have passed.
Woodlawn Cemetery is situated on 26 acres and has views of the Santa Monica mountains and ocean.
The cemetery has been serving the community for over 100 years and is
owned and operated by the City of Santa Monica -- one of the few
municipally-owned cemeteries in California. The city purchased the
cemetery in 1897 and it is considered one of the city’s most important
Woodlawn Cemetery, Mortuary & Mausoleum is located at 1847 14th Street, Santa Monica.
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