Dia de los Muertos

The 9th Annual Dia de los Muertos event took place October 30th, 2021 at Civic Center Plaza. We had a variety of ofrendas at the event made by local businesses and community groups. Attendees of this years event enjoyed activities such as sugar skull decorating, loteria (Mexican bingo), paper mache flowers, tin folk art and creating skull masks. Following the activities Noxtin Nomecayotzin Education took the stage for a special indigineous presentation and altar blessing. Ballet Folklorico Asi Se Siente Mexico then performed a variety of dances from different states of Mexico. To wrap up the performances, Ballet Folklorico Jaraque performed traditional dances from Jalisco, Mexico.

The celebration ended with a viewing of Disney’s Coco, which serves as a good introduction to the meaning of the Dia de los Muertos holiday.

A Community ​Ofrenda created by local artist “​Magaly Arias-Lobatos​” was displayed in La Costa throughout the week of Dia de los Muertos. A traditional ​ofrenda is a common piece of this celebration as it serves as an altar to remember and honor the memory of their ancestors. All Oakley residents were able to be part of our Community ​Ofrenda,​ and honor their loved ones that have passed away. If you would like your loved one to be included in the Community ​Ofrenda next year, please contact Andres@youmeweoakley.org

If you created your own ​Ofrenda,  we are inviting you to share it with our community by tagging us on Facebook.com/YMWOakley.

Do not miss out on next year’s 10th Annual Dia de los Muertos event and see how we showcase different regions of Mexico  and how they continue to honor this 3,000 year old tradition.