While many have merged Halloween and Day of Dead into a mega, end-of-October shopping, partying and-drinking extravaganza, Día de los Muertos or Day of the Day is traditionally celebrated in Mexico on Nov. 1 (All Saints Day) and Nov. 2 (All Souls Day). Today, Elysian Heights Elementary held a post-pumpkin, Day of the Dead celebration complete with bowls of pozole, plates of pan dulce, paper skeletons, face painting and an altar decorated with marigolds and photos of loved ones who have passed away.
School employee Esperanza Galarza stand next to the altar, which included a photo of her brother, 56-year-old Carlos Cadena, who died of bone cancer.
A pile of left over marigolds and plate of pan dulce.
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