Riverside hosted the annual Day of the Dead Festival on Saturday, November 2, 2019. This event has inspired original creations, from art, music, dance, and performance.
This historical festival comes to life each year in the heart of Riverside.
The Riverside Day of the Dead festival honors those whom we have loved and lost. The event was the 16th annual anniversary of this traditional cultural Mexican celebration: Día de Los Muertos.
“It’s Honoring our loved ones who have passed away, remembering their ways here in human form,” said Yvette Calderon.
White Park was decorated with colorful life-filled altars along with traditional music and clothing. Food and artisan vendors décored the street while people from surrounding areas come and visit the festival.
Many people are invited to share the stories and favorite things of their loved ones. It is the time of year when we unite and experience an out-of-this-world experience.
With the Aztec dancers and the children dressed in the finest Mexican clothing, the atmosphere calls the ancestors to come on this eventful night as we remember them.
“I loved participating in the traditional dances because I can connect with my ancestors,” said Maria De la Rosa.
The Dia de Los Muertos is celebrated with food, art, music, dance and most importantly, the beautifully decorated and personalized altars honoring loved ones that have passed. It is a time to reminisce loved ones that have passed away.
“My family and I like to reminisce about my grandparent’s life and the things they went through,” said Olivia Martinez.