On Sunday, November 1st, 2009  community members, mercado vendors and Esperanza staff gathered at Mercado la Paloma to celebrate Day of the Dead.

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Private altars honoring those that have passed populated el Mercado la Paloma decorated by marigolds, sugar skulls, bread (pan de muerto), pictures of loved ones, and fruit. In addition to that the traditional papel picado hung above and  face painting of Calaveras took place. Finally there was a touch of musical entertainment from Los Angeles native 16-year old Leily Sanchez  and community member of Salvadorean descent Moises Matamoros filling the air with melodic singing.

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Dia de los Muertos is celebrated in Mexico and by many Latin Americans in the United States. Many other cultures across the world celebrate this custom of honoring the dead and celebrating the living. If you’re interested to read more about Dia de los Muertos link here.