Students learn about love, death & Dia de los Muertos at an East L.A. cemetery


Folklorico dancers at Calvary Cemetery’s Dia de los Muertos preview | Photos by Nathan Solis


EAST LOS ANGELES — Catholic school uniforms come in many colors. Add to that the many vibrant shades of Dia de los Muertos and you have a colorful afternoon. That was the scene at Calvary Cemetery on Wednesday as 200 students from eight different Catholic Schools were treated to a Dia de los Muertos preview organized by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

Students as young as second graders decorated sugar skulls, beaded rosaries and honored dead loved ones with altars. As they weaved their way through various arts and craft activities, students were reminded that love permeates all stations of life and death with lessons from the Archdiocese’s Department of Religious Education.“Some of the teachings show us that even in death you can still love and honor someone,” said seventh grader Sebastian Vega.

Though students were honoring their loved ones they did so in a din of laughter, with a creative energy that comes from these types of school events.

Calvary Cemetery’s official Dia de los Muertos vigil is Saturday, November 1 at 3 p.m.


Students from multiple Catholic Schools in the area mingle at Calvary Cemetery’s mausoleum.

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Students honored the dead with altars they crafted.

Nathan Solis is a Highland Park resident who writes about and photographs the L.A. music scene. You can find more of Solis’ stories, reviews and photos at Avenue Meander.

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