Photos: Dia de los Muertos preparations

The Day of the Dead or Dia de los Muertos, is a public holiday traditionally celebrated on November 1 and 2, although other days, such as October 31 or November 6, may be included. It is about family and friends gathering to pay respects to those who have died. Traditions associated with the holiday include honoring the deceased with marigolds and altars.

A woman with flowers and pictures near graves.

Ana Cuevas, 51, of Norwalk at Calvary Cemetery and Mortuary in East Los Angeles. She built an altar to honor 14 of her deceased relatives and friends. Cuevas cried as she shared how she lost her 88-year-old grandmother and 1-year-old nephew to COVID last year. The cemetery hosts a Dia de los Muertos event on Saturday, with Mass at 12pm and celebration at 1:30pm

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A man and a woman with flowers.

Zeferino Garcia and his wife Maria Francisco prepare flowers for the Day of the Dead at La Mayordomia in Los Angeles.

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A man with flowers.

Octavio Gurrola at Calvary Cemetery and Mortuary in East Los Angeles hangs marigolds in a mausoleum entrance.

(Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

A woman at a grave.

Echo Park’s Araceli Gonzalez leaves flowers at her mother Rosa Maria Gonzalez’s grave at Calvary Cemetery and Mortuary in East Los Angeles.

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A bee sits on a marigold.

A bee sits on a marigold.

(Gary Coronado/Los Angeles Times)

A woman in a mausoleum.

Ana Cuevas decorates a mausoleum in Calvary Cemetery and Mortuary in East Los Angeles.

(Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-10-28/photos-dia-de-los-muertos-day-of-the-dead-preparation Photos: Dia de los Muertos preparations

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