Los Angeles celebrates Día de Los Muertos 2012! (part two)
Happy Día de Los Muertos! Today, November 1, and tomorrow, November 2 are the actual days, though of course we in LA like to conveniently have weekend celebrations. And I hope everyone had a fun Halloween (I did attend WeHo’s street carnival yesterday, but barely took photos, so probably no post this year).
In any event, here’s part 2 of 2 — the last of my Day of the Dead photo spam.
This peacock was housed in a large cage with many of his friends during the event. I assume that these peacocks wander freely around the cemetery during the day, though I never saw any during my daytime visit a few years ago. This was taken during the day, though I felt kind of bad that they were constantly being startled by flashbulbs at night.
I haven’t looked at my photos from last year, but I’m sure that I must have a near identical one of this couple. It was nice to see some of the same families here . . . kind of like, oh, I know you !
Now this could be tricky, but you may be able spot me in one of the photos below. I told myself after last year’s event that I’d get with the program this year, but still ended up scrambling at the last minute (though it turned out to be easier than I thought — just some white face paint from a few Halloweens ago, and basic makeup stuff. It was fun, and I definitely need to try more creative stuff next year . . . like maybe find a few more unsuspecting faces to try my artwork).
This was one of the altars where you can write down the names of your departed loved ones on wooden sticks and leave at the altar to be blessed. I wrote down the names of my dad and a dear friend (no worries, both was a long time ago).
One of the girls squealed “I’m going to die”, to which her dad came back with “well, you’ve come to the right place”. Perfect response! I should add that people were very respectful and avoided stepping on the tombstones during the day, though at night that was mostly unavoidable if you want a close look at the altars. And of course kids will always have their fun.
As always, thanks so much for visiting. Maybe I’ll see you at next year’s celebration at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
P.S. If you get the chance, take a look at this short news article explaining the history of of Day of the Dead (or there’s always Wikipedia).
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