Dia de los Muertos celebration in Santa Monica commemorates loved ones who have passed away

Downtown Santa Monica celebrates the Día de los Muertos with live performances, vendors, and activities for the whole family on Third Street Promenade.

Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a holiday meant to celebrate deceased ancestors and celebrate the life that is still being lived, said Guadalupe Mireles-Toumayan, educator and counselor for Latinx clubs at the Santa Monica High School.

“If you don’t remember your loved ones, you are in a way losing part of your story,” she said. “As I tell my students, if you forget your grandparents or your parents, a part of you is missing.”

Ricardo Soltero from Los Angeles has also created larger than life sculptures of La Catrina, one of the most famous characters associated with the holiday.

The sculptures and altars created by local artists and organizations will remain on view until Tuesday.


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