The Nuvein Foundation for Literature and the Arts presents the 3rd annual El Monte Dia de los Muertos. Over 5,000 people are expected to attend the free Day of the Dead Celebration making it the largest event in El Monte's history.
The all day, family festival will showcase beautifully decorated altars created by local award-winning artists. Adding to the tapestry of color, calacas, paper mache masks, and papel picado displays will adorn the street showcasing the rich culture and mystic
beauty of one Mexico's most popular holidays.
Event attendees have the opportunityto purchase unique items to take home from some of Southern California's most gifted artists as well shop any of the Valley Mall's hundred merchants and businesses.
In addition, a curated art exhibit "Callejon, Calacas y Cultura" will explore the rituals of
the Day of the Dead that venerates and celebrates the dearly departed. Death was
considered a passage to a new life to the indigenous people of Mexico. The Gallery will
explore these traditions through a more modern and contemporary artistic expression.
Throughout the free celebration, attendees can enjoy a variety of dance performances
including Aztec dances and vibrant ballet folklorico, as well as musical performances
and mariachi music. Los Angeles emerging and established spoken word poets will add
to the colorful celebration performing throughout the day at the Poets Corner/Rincon
de Poesia where poets will gather and read their richly colorful poems paying homage
to the dead.
The festival will also host a large children's area which includes various children's
arts and activities. Gourmet traditional Mexican dishes will be sold, giving visitors an
opportunity to immerse themselves in Mexican cuisine.
The 3rd annual El Monte Dia de los Muertos, the Mexican celebration for All Souls
Day commemorates the spirit and memory of the dead; as well as the joy of living. The
event is a high-spirited affair that celebrates local art, music, and dance. The focus of
El Monte Dia de los Muertos is to provide a cultural platform that showcases art and is
accessible to all. Taking place during El Monte's centennial year, the local community
will surely have much to remember and celebrate together.
Sponsored by: Nuvein Foundation for Literture and the Arts, Downtown El Monte Business Association, City of El Monte
Saturday, October 27, 2012
11:00AM to 6:00PM
The Historic Valley Mall Santa Anita Ave and Valley Bl. El Monte, CA 91731
Ages: all ages Price: free for everyone! free parking! Discount: free event