Mystery and Memory: LA Day of the Dead

The 14th annual Hollywood Forever gathering will celebrate late into the night.

By Alysia Gray Painter
|  Wednesday, Oct 30, 2013  |  Updated 11:52 AM PDT
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Mystery and Memory: LA Day of the Dead

LA Day of the Dead

Don your calacas make-up, gussy up, and go strolling in a cemetery. It's Dia de los Muertos at Hollywood Forever on Saturday, Nov. 2.

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A very traditional holiday look very rarely comes back around, in wider popularity, but that has not been the story with calacas or skeleton make-up over the last few years.

Call it the rise in large-scale Dia de los Muertos celebrations or call it a growing admiration for the beauty and history of the skeleton-homaging mien. But you're likely, if you're lucky to see a colorful visages out on Halloween and over the Day of the Dead weekend.

The beautiful, mondo, and elegant LA Day of the Dead, the annual gathering at Hollywood Forever, has played a part in more and more people embracing the holiday as not just a smaller celebration but something joyous, deep, full of dance, song, and food, and worth a day of reflection.

The muertos shall frolic at the Hollywood cemetery on Saturday, Nov. 2 for a full half day: noon to midnight.

It's the celebration's 14th year at Tinseltown's famous final resting place.

Saul Hernandez, the former lead for Caifanes and Jaguares, shall perform. Also on the schedule? The viewing of over a hundred altars, Aztec ritual dancers, delish dining -- Mexican favorites'll be for sale -- and meaningful performances full of costumes, story, and so much calaveras-style goodness.

You, too, shall don the appearance of the calacas? Think over-sized flowers for the hair, a hue-rich outfit, and make-up that lends a sunken yet stunning and happy cast to your face. There's a costume contest on, and you want to be the best calacas there.

Perhaps, one day, this visual and meaningful homage to those who have gone will eclipse every other costume on the store shelf. (Bony) fingers crossed, as it is a look with a long and lovely history.

Tickets are $15 and exact change is requested. Happy Day of the Dead!

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