Dia de los Muertos celebration held in Solana Beach

A holiday that is celebrated throughout Mexico to honor the dead recently came to Solana Beach.

Co-sponsored by La Colonia de Eden Gardens Foundation and the Parks & Recreation Commission, the city’s inaugural Dia de los Muertos celebration was held Nov. 1 at La Colonia Park.

“Dia de los Muertos plans to share the rich, traditional holiday by inviting local residents together with the Solana Beach community at large to design and decorate altars on the bleachers at La Colonia Park, paying homage to loved ones who have already left,” explained Tracy Weiss, a member of the event committee.

The event included chalk drawings on the sidewalk for impromptu displays, and live entertainment with performances by an Aztec dance troupe, a Mariachi band and a Ballet Folklórico ensemble. There was also a screening of the 2014 animated film, “The Book of Life.”

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