Every year Olvera Street, LA’s earliest settlement located in downtown Los Angeles, celebrates El Dia de los Muertos (The Day of the Dead). This is a Mexican holiday remembering the dearly departed. In Mexico, the streets bordering cemeteries are decorated with flowers, skeletons, skulls, and Novenario processions. Mexican revelers believe that dead spirits of family members visit their homes on Halloween night and depart by November 2.
Olvera Street’s Novenario celebration is a colorful event honoring the dead. It is a pre-Columbian ritual remembering deceased loved ones. Participants, wearing colorful costumes and wearing skull masks, lift pots of burning copal incense to the night sky sending a message to those they have lost.
On Olvera Street you can witness 9 nights of Novenario processions through the Olvera Street marketplace. This will be followed by free pan de muerto (sweet bread) and champurrado (a chocolaty Mexican hot beverage).
Novenario processions begin October 25-November 2 from 10:00 PM-10:00 PM
La Fiesta Muertos festivities, including costumes, dancing, and music, will be livening up Olvera Street at the Gazebo Plaza on Olvera Street, 125 Paseo de la Plaza, Los Angeles.
While visiting Olvera Street, take the Walking Tour. There’s an app for your iPhone, iPad, or iPod telling the history of this National Historic Monument.
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