Come celebrate the 12th Annual Dia de los Muertos at the Old Mission San Luis Rey!
This cultural event includes:
• Comparsa! (also known as Muerteada): the traditional Oaxaca parade.
• A chalk cemetery: to remember loved ones & create a design using marigolds, chalk and candles.
• Art: a variety of artists showing exhibitions as well as a live art demonstration.
• Fun for kids: make handmade crafts, sugar skulls, masks, paper flowers, games and giveaways and more!
• “Rubios”: enjoy the unique traditional dance performances and dance to the music!
• Altars: view the 24 altars that have been constructed by Oaxacan families, Oceanside Police Department, local college groups and several families.
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Dia de los Muertos at the Mission details:
When: Sunday, October, 26, 2014 from 10am-5pm.
Cost: Free Admission! Just $5 parking per car
Old Mission San Luis Rey
4050 Mission Ave
Oceanside, CA 92057
Phone: (760) 757-3651
What is Dia de los Muertos?
Dia de los Muertos translates to The Day of the Dead. This traditional holiday is a celebration of life, when family and friends get together and pray for the dead. The tradition dates back to 3,000 years ago. Immigrants from the Oaxacan, Mexico community have been sharing their culture and traditions with us for years. Families bring offerings such as favorite foods, beverages, toys, personal belongings to the cemeteries. They spend the night at cemeteries telling stories and sharing memories about their loved ones. Skulls are kept as trophies and used during rituals to symbolize death and rebirth. The natives view death as a continuation of life, unlike Spaniards who believe death is the end of life.
4 facts about Mission San Luis Rey:
• A Historic landmark founded in 1798 by Padre Fermín Lasuén
• “King of Missions” largest of all 21 California missions
• Open daily to public
• Equipped with a retreat center with day & overnight programs for spiritual renewal, cemetery, multi-function meeting spaces, historic church, museum and gift shop
“On October 31, All Hallows Eve, the children make a children’s altar to invite the angelitos (spirits of dead children) to come back for a visit. November 1 is All Saints Day, and the adult spirits will come to visit. November 2 is All Souls Day, when families go to the cemetery to decorate the graves and tombs of their relatives. The three-day fiesta filled with marigolds, the flowers of the dead;muertos (the bread of the dead); sugar skulls; cardboard skeletons; tissue paper decorations; fruit and nuts; incense, and other traditional foods and decorations.”
—Frances Ann Day, Latina and Latino Voices in Literature