Santa Ana’s Noche de Altares (Night of Altars) is a one-day, community based celebration organized by El Centro Cultural de Mexico for Dia de los Muertos.
Organizers say the focus is on honoring the ancient traditions of the festival through art, culture, activism and love. Families, students, community organizations, activists, artists, and small businesses spend a day building an altar in memory of honoring loved ones, or to bring awareness to pressing social issues.
Throughout the years, patrons have come to celebrate their culture, or to learn about a culture they do not yet know about. This annual holiday brings the community together in ways no other event does. Some people come from far off counties travel to Santa Ana to learn about this holiday through this unique experience and dialogue with the families that share their lives through these altars.
Jenny Lynn is a freelance contributing photographer to Voice of OC.
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