With the heavy influence of Mexican culture on Southern California, many San Diegans participate in the annual celebration of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). This celebrated theme is a popular holiday in Mexico along with other countries around the world. Similar to the United States, Dia de los Muertos takes place every year on October 31st and through November 2nd. It is a time when families and friends come together to honor the death of their loved ones.
Traditionally, private altars are surrounded with favorite gifts, foods, and beverages of the deceased. Altars are also decorated with marigolds, bright yellow flowers with a strong scent, that are believed to guide the way of the dead as they return to feast on their favorite treats. People will often dress up in colorful garments, wear flowers in their hair, and paint their faces with different styles of skull makeup. Children and adults also enjoy making sugar skulls out of molds and decorating them with colorful patterns.
Make sure to take check out the annual Dia de los Muertos Festival in Old Town, taking place this weekend on November 1st and 2nd!