Sixth Annual Dia de los Muertos Celebration Honors Mexican/Hispanic Tradition

Monrovia, Calif. - September 24, 2012

A special celebration of Dia de los Muertos, the traditional Mexican/Hispanic festival of remembrance, in which departed spirits feel welcome to hold a reunion with living relatives, will be held from 6-10 p.m. on Friday, November 2, at Live Oak Memorial Park, 200 East Duarte Road in Monrovia, Calif. For more information, please call Live Oak Memorial Park at (626) 359-5311.

This is the sixth annual Dia de los Muertos celebration at Live Oak, and it is free and open to the public. Face painting will begin at 6 p.m., followed by the Mass and celebration at 7 p.m. Los Angeles attorney Rolando Hidalgo will serve as master of ceremonies.

“Each year, we strive to honor the local community culture with our Dia de los Muertos celebration,” said Connie Anderson, general manager of Live Oak, a Dignity Memorial® provider. “And every year, the festivities grow with a larger crowd that continues to expand beyond the traditional. A desire to reconnect with those who have gone before us is a natural and admirable quality. We are glad to provide the venue for people to celebrate and reminisce.”

Dia de los Muertos is a festive time of remembrance in which families decorate the tombs of deceased relatives and install memorial altars where special offerings are laid out with the intention of calling home the spirits of the dead. These altars – which are often set up on a tabletop or on boxes of various sizes – can include everything from tissue-paper dolls, candles and pan de muerto (sugar-coated breads) to photographs, water glasses, musical instruments and a variety of other gifts. The tradition is to include items that would be appealing and comforting to the returning souls.

Along with the celebration, face-painting, music and the traditional Mass, the Dia de los Muertos celebration will include and exhibition of the Mt. Sierra College poster contest and exhibits from various artists, highlighting Mexican-inspired arts and crafts, paintings and photography. A featured artist for 2012 is Betsa Bland . Folk art is provided by artists from CJ’s Angels and Glass art is provided by Susan Stocker. *Biographies of the event’s master of ceremonies and featured artists are included below.

Live Oak Memorial Park is a proud Dignity Memorial provider in Monrovia. The Dignity Memorial network of more than 1,800 funeral, cremation and cemetery service providers is North America’s most trusted resource for funeral and memorialization services. Dignity Memorial providers offer an unmatched combination of products and locations serving families with care, integrity, respect and service excellence. For more information, visit www.LiveOakMemorialPark.com.

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