Lively celebration at 7th annual Day of the Dead festival in Brentwood

Photo by Dane Dickerson

La Calavera Catrina was originated by Mexican printmaker, cartoon illustrator and lithographer José Guadalupe Posada and has become an icon of the Mexican Day of the Dead.

Last week’s annual Dia de Los Muertos Festival in Brentwood attracted the most people since before the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.

The event was organized by a committee of volunteers from all corners of East County’s Hispanic community and took place in the parking lot of Azucar Dulceria on Brentwood Boulevard. By assembling local vendors of Latin heritage with time-honored traditions, they created a commemoration of life and death.

El Dia de Los Muertos (the Day of the Dead) is a Mexican holiday in which people reunite spiritually with departed loved ones for a brief celebration of food, drink, dancing, and fanfare. This tradition goes back more than 3,000 years, with roots in pre-Columbian Mesoamerican rituals, Spanish culture, and European religion. It is typically celebrated around Oct. 31 to Nov. 2, a period in which it’s believed the gates of heaven are opened, allowing for this reunion, according to


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