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Dia De Los Muertos

(While you are waiting for the next Bloodspell post, here's something you might find interesting)

Dia De Los Muertos

Every year the Hollywood Forever Cemetery hosts an annual "Day of the Dead" festival among the graves and tombstones. The event takes place on the Saturday before Halloween, even though the traditional date for the festival is November 2nd.

My partner, Lisa Morton, along with our friend, Kevin attended this years festival and it was an amazing experience. Halloween has always been my favorite holiday, but the Dia De Los Muertos festival is becoming more and more interesting to me, especially since the festival is so well produced by the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

Here are some pictures from a festival documentary I am working on. The last still is a short, 3 min excerpt from the documentary. This Mexican tradition is full of exciting art and music along with a touch of the macabre.

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Traditional Aztec dancers



Lots of food stands



Part of the decorations for a stage show



One of a hundred altars to the dead



Mmmnn....sugar skulls



She sells handmade holiday crafts



Traditional Mexican music on stage



Tamales and pina coladas



Giant skeletons guard the mausoleum



A short section from my documentary (uncut)
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  1. Blogger Philip R | November 1, 2007 at 6:30 AM |  

    Thanks for the clip from your documentary, Ricky! I would so love to see the whole thing some time.

    Very interesting read. The whole thing puts me in the mood for another play through Grim Fandango.

  2. Blogger Ricky Grove | November 1, 2007 at 12:19 PM |  

    Hey, thanks a lot, Philip. Be sure to follow the links in the article since the main link takes you to the website of the people who organize the event every year. You can read about how the event was founded and it's history. Ha! I'd forgotten about Grim Fandango (a great game!), you are right about the similarities.

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