THE FOURTH ANNUAL EL MONTE DIA DE LOS MUERTOS
TO CELEBRATE DAY OF THE DEAD TRADITIONS
THROUGH CULTURAL ART DISPLAYS, LIVE ENTERTAINMENT,
ARTISAN AND CRAFTWORK VENDORS, AND MORE
EL MONTE, CA (August 2013) – The Nuvein Foundation for Literature and the Arts, in partnership with the Downtown El Monte Business Association, presents the 4th annual El Monte Dia de los Muertos on Saturday, October 19 from 1 pm until 6 pm at the Valley Mall in El Monte, CA. For the fourth edition of this event, the festivities will unfold between Lexington Ave and Cleminson St along Valley Mall. Thousands of community members and surrounding city Day of the Dead enthusiasts are expected to attend the annual celebration of Mexican culture and traditions.
The all day, family festival will showcase beautifully decorated altars created by local award-winning artists. Adding to the tapestry of color, calacas, paper mache masks, and papel picado displays will adorn the street showcasing the rich culture and mystic beauty of one Mexico’s most popular holidays. Event attendees have the opportunity to purchase unique items to take home from some of Southern California’s most gifted artists as well shop any of the Valley Mall’s hundred merchants and businesses.
In addition, a curated art exhibit “Arte y Altares” will explore the rituals of the Day of the Dead that venerates and celebrates the dearly departed. Death was considered a passage to a new life to the indigenous people of Mexico. The Gallery will explore these traditions through a more modern and contemporary artistic expression.
Throughout the free celebration, attendees can enjoy a variety of dance performances including Aztec dances and vibrant ballet folklorico, poetry and spoken word, as well as musical performances and mariachi music. Gourmet traditional Mexican dishes will be sold at many of the El Monte Valley Mall’s eateries as giving visitors an opportunity to immerse themselves in Mexican cuisine. Amidst the backdrop of the El Monte Valley Mall, the event will allow guests to explore over 100 speciality shops making the event an outing for arts and culture enthusiasts, fine eating patrons, and weekend shoppers.
The 4th annual El Monte Dia de los Muertos, the Mexican celebration for All Souls Day commemorates the spirit and memory of the dead; as well as the joy of living. The event is a high-spirited affair that celebrates local art, music, and dance. The focus of El Monte Dia de los Muertos is to provide a cultural platform that showcases art and is accessible to all. Taking place immediately following El Monte’s Annual Children’s Day Parade and Harvest Festival, the local community will surely have much to remember and celebrate together.
For more information on the 4th Annual El Monte Dia De Los Muertos visit, www.nuvein.org/diadelosmuertos or contact the Nuvein Foundation via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via telephone at 626.600.2780.
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