Sunday, November 1, 2020, 12:00–2:00 PM via Facebook Live
Celebrating Dia de los Muertos will take a little imagination this year. Forest Lawn has some new ways to make the celebration available to those who want to participate.
Forest Lawn in Glendale will create a virtual event for Dia de los Muertos on Nov. 1 that will include sculpture Catrinas, folkloric dance performances, Mariachi music, a Bob Baker Marionette Theater performance, bilingual prayer and spoken word, and majestic space for remembrance. The events will stream from Forest Lawn to viewers’ homes from noon to 2 p.m.
The folkloric dance performances will be performed by Ballet Folclorico International, the Mariachi Juvenil Herencia Mexicana will perform, and the bilingual religious ceremony will be led by Father Mario Juarez from Christ Cathedral.
“Forest Lawn will miss welcoming the public to our Día de los Muertos celebration in person, but we look forward to transforming this anticipated annual event into a virtual celebration,” said Rodolfo Saenz, Forest Lawn’s senior vice president, marketing. “Our virtual event will create authentic, at-home experiences for our community, allowing the public to celebrate and learn about Day of the Dead’s distinct traditions.”
The celebration will mark the second time the 6-foot-tall Catrina sculptures will be included. They are created by artisans from Forest Lawn’s floral designers and inspired by Mexican Day of the Dead celebrations. The skeletal women are symbols that represent the return of departed loved ones and a reminder to enjoy life.
Each of the Forest Lawn Catrinas are dressed in distinct costumes and accessories that are inspired by the early 20th century, when Catrinas were first popularized by Jose Guadalupe Posada and Diego Rivera. Two live sculptures will be part of the display.
Streaming is available via Forest Lawn’s Facebook page live, and following the event: (https://www.facebook.com/ForestLawn/).