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17th Annual "Dia De Los Muertos" or "Day of the Dead"

An Unusual Marriage (Photo: THT)
An Unusual Marriage (Photo: THT)

By John Ehlers

Hollywood, CA (The Hollywood Times) 10/31/16 – A time honored tradition returned once again to the Hollywood Forever Cemetery,  “Dia De Los Muertos” or “Day of the Dead”. This was the 17th year for the celebration.  To a newbie, this was an unusual concept to me.  My first visit was held with an inquisitive eye last year and quickly I realized the respect, honor and celebration of lives that was presented in each families display of their Dead.  All of the burial sites are costumed and done with the utmost of detail, respecting the legacy and family origins.  It is the one day when lives are celebrated and the family gets to “show off” who they were and are.  This is a must see event and I find that I cannot get enough of walking through the entire cemetery to view the displays and the respect of the dead.  Such dignity in knowing you will not be forgotten.  There is no place better than the Hollywood Forever for such an event!  In company with some of the greats like:  Mickey Rooney, Rudolph Valentino, Estelle Getty, Cecil B. Demille, Tyrone Power, and Toto (Wizard of Oz).  You can enjoy a music filled evening with multiple stages, face toto2painting, food and merchandise for sale.  It is a yearly event for our family now.

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