Celebrating Life On Día de los Muertos | 3rd Annual Simi Valley Festival

The Simi Valley Historical Society is inviting everyone to attend their third annual Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) festival.  This event will take place on Sunday, October 29th, from 2PM – 7PM, at Strathearn Historical Park & Museum.

Día de los Muertos is traditionally a three day celebration running from October 31st to November 2nd.  It is a celebration where deceased loved ones are remembered and revered. Families build altars in their homes commemorating lost loved ones and celebrate their lives.

These days, Day of the Dead altars are also created in libraries, museums and classrooms in both Mexico and the United States, as a way of honoring Mexican traditions and encouraging cross-cultural understanding.

The October 29th festival will feature live music by Fredy Schiftan and Mariachi Camarillo, dancers from Grupo Folklórico Viva México de Simi Valley, Ballet Folklórico Fiesta Mexicana and indigenous Aztec dancers from Danza Mexica Cuauhtemoc.  Other performances include storytelling with skits by True Thomas and Clau Orona.

Shop from Día de los Muertos craft vendors, participate in crafts for all ages: masks, tissue flowers, papel picado, and enjoy face painting and food vendors.

Building a  Día de los Muertos altar is an important part of celebrating Mexico’s most famous holiday. They can be relatively simple as one might display photographs and mementos that reflect their loved ones character and personality; what matters is the act of honoring and remembering them.

Altars created by local families will be on display and there will also be altars for visitors to contribute to.  Anyone interested in building an altar can email [email protected] for details.

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Strathearn Park is at 137 Strathearn Place (behind the Madera Target store).  Tickets are available online (recommended!) at svhs.ticketleap.com and at the gate: $7 Adults, $5 Kids age 5-12.  For additional information call 805-526-6453


Simi Valley Historical Society & Museum

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