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Day Of The Dead Celebration Scheduled In Historic Downtown Lake Elsinore

“This is the first Day of the Dead celebration I know of in Lake Elsinore,” said Grace Sandlin of Studio 395. “This is going to be a really cool event -- I hope!”

Artists in Lake Elsinore and the surrounding area are banding together via a new project called Studio 395, and now they are hosting what may be a first of its kind in the city.

Studio 395 artists in conjunction with downtown Lake Elsinore merchants are hosting a Day of the Dead celebration featuring musicians, dancers and art.

The free public event will take place Nov. 3, from 5-9 p.m., along Main Street, between Peck and W. Sulphur streets.

“This is the first Day of the Dead celebration I know of in Lake Elsinore,” said Grace Sandlin of Studio 395. “This is going to be a really cool event -- I hope!”

Day of the Dead, otherwise known as Dia de los Muertos, is a traditional Mexican holiday to honor loved ones who have passed. It is celebrated Nov. 1 and is a national holiday in Mexico.

The event promises to be one to fill the senses. Along with Day of the Dead art, there will be community altars where people can bring pictures or mementos of loved ones to be displayed for the evening. The focus of the altars will be remembering military personnel, Lake Elsinore loved ones, artists, musicians and pets, according to event organizers.

Music will be performed by Lake Elsinore husband-and-wife band Sal Y Isela con Los Salerosos, and the Lake Elsinore Americana folk band Friend of the Devil is also scheduled to perform.

Ballet Folklorico Dancers from the Lake Community Center are also expected be on hand.

Mora’s Antiques on Main Street will feature a special showing of Chad Mora’s Day of the Dead art in the shop’s backroom gallery. Other Lake Elsinore merchants and organizations expected to participate include La Unica Bakery, Maria’s Collectibles, and Planet Youth.

Day of the Dead attire is encouraged!

For more information, call 951-805-0241.

censored messenger October 28, 2012 at 03:27 PM
We are in America but extremely close to Mexico.... duh.
Ken Mayes October 28, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Must be products of the California school system. You are in the United States which is located on the North American Continent along with Mexico and Canada.
henry "rapper" lopez October 28, 2012 at 06:44 PM
I learned alot from the schools here. Their much better then most.
henry "rapper" lopez October 28, 2012 at 06:58 PM
i LOVE Elsinore. So many of my homies are here.It feelz like family
UcantBserious October 29, 2012 at 01:19 AM
Love that everyone is ignorant thinking its just a Mexican holiday...
unknownauthor October 29, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Glad to see this town doing something fun on Main St. Now if you would only bring back the rat rod & vintage car shows :)
justme October 29, 2012 at 08:37 PM
It is primarily a Mexican holiday, but pretty much celebrated by Spanish speaking countries. If they want to celebrate it then go down to Mexico. It is not an Amercian holiday therefore should not be celebrated here. Does Mexico celebrate the 4th of July? Veterans Day? Exactly. There are better things to do like the car shows, a farmers market, craft fair, etc. We don't need to be celebrating other country's holidays. Thank God we live far enough away from Main to not be disturbed by the horrible music that will be blaring.
THE REAL Anita Drink October 29, 2012 at 09:38 PM
I want to see a rat rod Ms. DeVille! This dead day thing is yet another bean holiday like cinco de mayo that my family will not be celebrating.
Mary Ann Mealey October 29, 2012 at 10:28 PM
Cinco de Mayo is not a Mexican holiday.
UcantBserious October 30, 2012 at 04:27 AM
Many other cultures around the world have similar traditions of a day set aside to visit the graves of deceased family members. Often included in these traditions are celebrations, food and beverages, in addition to prayers and remembrances of the departed. Some tribes of the Amazon believe the dead return as flowers. The Bon Festival (O-bon (お盆?), or only Bon (盆?), is a Japanese Buddhist holiday in August to honor the departed spirits of one's ancestors. In Korea, Chuseok (추석, 秋夕) is a major traditional holiday, also called Hangawi. People go where the spirits of their ancestors are enshrined, and perform ancestral worship rituals early in the morning; they visit the tombs of immediate ancestors to trim plants, clean the area around the tomb, and offer food, drink, and crops to their ancestors. The Qingming Festival (simplified Chinese: 清明节; traditional Chinese: 清明節; pinyin: qīng míng jié) is a traditional Chinese festival usually occurring around April 5 of the Gregorian calendar. Along with Double Ninth Festival on the 9th day of the 9th month in the Chinese calendar, it is a time to tend to the graves of departed ones.
UcantBserious October 30, 2012 at 04:27 AM
In addition, in the Chinese tradition, the seventh month in the Chinese calendar is called the Ghost Month (鬼月), in which ghosts and spirits come out from the underworld to visit earth. During the Nepali holiday of Gai Jatra (Cow Pilgrimage), every family who has lost a family member during the previous year makes a construction of bamboo branches, cloth, paper decorations and portraits of the deceased, called a gai. Traditionally, a cow leads the spirits of the dead into the next land. Depending on local custom, either an actual live cow or a construct representing a cow may be used. The festival is also a time to dress up in costume, including costumes involving political comments and satire. In some cultures in Africa, visits to the graves of ancestors, the leaving of food and gifts, and the asking of protection serve as important parts of traditional rituals. One example of this is the ritual that occurs just before the beginning of hunting season. Educate your ignorance please
justme October 30, 2012 at 06:29 AM
Aww welcome to Wikipedia, glad you could make it. Now, search for a list of American holidays and let us all know if day of the dead is on there. Exactly.
UcantBserious October 30, 2012 at 07:18 AM
Awww and welcome to AMERICA dumb dumb!! Land of the FREE!! Free to celebrate anything WE want!!! Freedom of Religion, Freedom of Speech!! Funny the true basis of this day revolves around Catholic beliefs!! STFU
Kelly October 30, 2012 at 08:48 AM
Than what the hell is it???
sodonewithit October 30, 2012 at 03:50 PM
This is the dumbest thing I've heard! I am however, glad that you mentioned the merchants and organizations. I now know who NOT to patronize. @UcantBserious.......you mentioned all these other cultures that have similar celebrations, but not one of those people are trying to force their cultures down our thoats. They are smart enough to realize AND appreciate that they are in America and educated enough to assimilate. Why people continuously cater to these people is beyond me. Isn't it enough that we basically support them?!
UcantBserious October 30, 2012 at 09:31 PM
Let me start off by saying I love your screen name! Please understand Day of the dead isn't forced down anyones throats like other holidays. I see and understand your frustrations but Dia de los Muertos is about people who have lost someone coming together in a mutual respect. To share stories, to keep their friends or loved ones memories alive. It's about respect and love. I went to my first Dia De Los Muertos event last year in Riverside. It was by far one of the most moving and emotional experiences i have felt. As someone who's parents were murdered, and grandparents are all dead I believe I have special angels with me daily. With Dia de los Muertos its a special day to remember those who have passed. You remember them with their favorite things, In hopes that their spirt will stay with you and help guide you on your way. You pay respects to them on a day other then a day of sadness, like a birthday or day of death. I totally get peoples frustrations with other countries that migrate here and feel we owe them things. Dia de los Muertos is not one of those days. If people would open their minds to it they would see it for what it really is, its amazing!
Joan lang October 31, 2012 at 03:04 AM
So donewithit I must say you & I are very liked minded I basically wrote the same thing you did bit don't know what happened to my Post
Mary Ann Mealey October 31, 2012 at 08:03 PM
Mexicans celebrate their independence day September 16. Cinco de Mayo marks their independence from France and it is celebrated in the USA more than it is in Mexico
justme October 31, 2012 at 09:11 PM
one of my posts disappeared as well, guess I will go to the dia de los blah blah thing and mourn/celebrate/whatever the loss of my post... I too will not patronize the businesses listed here, two of which I have in the past.
THE REAL Anita Drink October 31, 2012 at 09:45 PM
OMG! We are not in f-ing mexico! Like I really want to even hear about the Lake Elsinore Americana folk band Friend of the Devil let alone listen to it. This is so lame!
T. Young November 01, 2012 at 02:43 PM
Definition of BIGOT;: a person who is obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices; especially : one who regards or treats the members of a group (as a racial or ethnic group) with hatred and intolerance. The Real Anita Drink, justme, Joan Lang, sodonewithit, Kelly and anyone else filled with hatred, you should be ashamed of yourselves. Your hatred and bigotry of your fellow citizens is incredibly ignorant and DISGUSTING! Why bother trying to educate you on the history of our neighbors in Mexico or of the state you live. It would only fall on bigoted, deaf ears. @UcantBserious, you are not alone! There are plenty of people who live in this community that share your views. I just learned about this beautiful holiday and think its wonderful! I was planning to go to the Riverside celebration but I've changed plans and my family will be supporting this Lake Elsinore 1st Annual event. Thank you Lake Elsinore for what looks like to be a fabulous new city tradition!! As for the bigots living in our midsts, I urge you to have a change of heart or else go live under a rock somewhere. But, whatever you do, DON'T COME on Saturday night. Your hatred and bias are NOT WELCOME!!
UcantBserious November 02, 2012 at 01:06 AM
@T. Young Thank you! Glad to see someone understands. I've learned to just trow my hands in the air at most of these Trolls. When I read half the peoples I can help but thing, "UcantBserious"
Kelly November 02, 2012 at 07:27 AM
To: Censored Messenger....I know we are extremely close to Mexico....DUH!!! I see it everyday, I hear it everyday.
Kelly November 02, 2012 at 07:31 AM
Trust me, I wouldn't show up if you payed me....you can call me all the names you want, it obviously makes you feel better about yourself and that's O.K. Those of you who are attending the celebration, have a wonderful time.
Mama April November 02, 2012 at 02:13 PM
I have been to an Irish function in Temecula, and Indian function at Pala, a Samoan and Polynesian Festival in Nor Cal, an African funciton in LA, and will attend this function also. Just as heat is needed to change solid to liquid, we as individuals often need some chemistry to light the fire of unity between us. With the stresses that we face daily our differences are minimized and our common essence is defined. Over time we have proven that we are all Americans, a unique race of people forged in this singular Melting Pot. Since the late 1700's this phrase has been used to describe us as a Country, many diversified cultures coming together. This diversity is what makes us who we are and I will continue to educate and expose myself to my fellow Americans!
Lee Min November 02, 2012 at 11:42 PM
Go back to school......Mexico is in America, United States, Mexico and South America..............America. Do you mean "Are we in Mexico or United States?"...........you get an F!
JohnM November 05, 2012 at 07:04 PM
Mama knows best! Thank you.
mary kay jones November 06, 2012 at 02:34 AM
wow so many angry people here..it is what ot os folks just a day to remember loved ones regardless of ethnic background or geography- they aren't hurting anyone by doing this celebration
devonsmith372 November 09, 2012 at 11:32 PM
SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM. They have no place here.
Matthew Rodela September 06, 2013 at 11:22 PM
This is a link to something that would be great for you and other vendors for your dead of the dead event. Please share it with them anyone interested wit Dia De los Muertos. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/844263803/day-of-the-dead-54-card-poker-deck-dia-de-los-muer Thank you for your time, Matthew Rodela I am a real person Father of 2 (NOT A SPAMMER)

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