By: Joanna Meza & Doris Martinez
The streets of Birch and 4th were decorated with altars displaying the lives of those who have died.
Downtown Santa Ana’s 11th annual one day commemoration of El Dia De Los Muertos was held Saturday.
Day of the dead originated in Mexico and Hispanic countries adopt it. For centuries Latinos have observed the traditional three-day celebration spanning from Oct. 31 to Nov.2.
“I want to pass on this tradition to my children,” Albareny Corona said, standing next to her altar memorializing [insert here].
On the Day of the Dead, families honor their loved ones by displaying their favorite foods, self-portraits and personal belongings on altars displayed for crowds of passersby. Sugar skulls, marigolds and candles complete the four elements of nature that need to be present [to do what?].
The opening ceremony gave life to the vibrant sounds of the instruments of the Mesoamerican dancers, whose rhythm guided their performance. Their traditional dress and decorative headdresses accompanied the beats of the drums driving the dancers.
Performances varying from folklorico, a traditional Mexican folk dance, to hip-hop break dances took place on the main stage.
Face painting services invited the large crowds to take part of El Dia De Los Muertos. They resembled the sugar skulls that are commonly displayed on altars.
Along the altars, stands were selling authentic Mexican food. Vendors also sold their merchandise that consisted of clothes, masks, bags and jewelry.
For many this was the first time at the event, while others have taken part of for years.
“This event has helped me gain a better understanding of my culture,” [insert name here], Corona’s daughter said.