LA District employees meet community members at Día de los Muertos event
Intricately adorned altars fill an indoor courtyard at the Los Angeles River Center and Gardens in LA’s Cypress Park neighborhood during the Oct. 26 Día de los Muertos community event and procession organized by Mujeres de la Tierra, an LA-based environmental equity nonprofit. Symbolism plays a big part in the Día de los Muertos observance and celebration. The alters (ofrendas) often feature marigolds, colorfully decorated sugar skulls, perforated paper (papel picado), salt and bread – all of which have special meaning. People also place personal mementos, photographs and handwritten notes in honor of their loved ones who have passed away.