Historic Old Town San Diego Celebrates its Storied Past

| November 16, 2011 | 0 Comments

Old Town San Diego will hold its second annual event honoring this historic and cultural celebration. Officially observed on November 1 and 2, the Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) pays homage to the presence of the dead among the living and is a colorful tribute to California’s own Mexican heritage.

Altars will be up for viewing on Tuesday, November 1andWednesday, November 2, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.both days. Visitors will be able to watch some locations as they buildtheir altars and interpreters will be on hand to explain the meanings of their particular altar throughout the two-day celebration.

On November 2 at 7 p.m. the traditional candlelight procession will be held from the Whaley House Museum to El Campo Santo Cemetery. There, among the gravesites of Old Town’s earliest families, visitors may leave offerings of their own in honor of their lost loved ones.

Forty local businesses, museums, and shops will create traditional Día de los Muertos altars to offer a unique free Tour of the Altars that can be enjoyed by the whole family. Businesses will also provide a variety of entertainment with music, complimentary hot cocoa and other traditional treats. Workshops with everything from sugar skull decoration to mini take-home altars, skull face painting and more will be available for visitors to take part in. Free lectures and presentations will be held daily at the Adobe Chapel.

Visitors will be able to visit all of the Old Town altars using a free self-guided tour map, available online at the happened pea-sized to…

and hard copies will be available during the events.

Decorative Día de los Muertos displays will be available for viewing in Old Town.

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