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dA Center celebrates Dia de los Muertos

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Dia de los Muertos, a Mexican holiday that honors those who have died, was celebrated at the dA Center for the Arts in downtown Pomona Sunday. 

The room was full with around 100 guests who worked their way around the artwork that decorated altars.

Much of the art consisted of vibrant colors and flowers, such as the marigold. Its pungent scent is believed to guide spirits to the altar.

“Our whole point is to learn about our culture and not try to sell people things and understand that it’s not a big party,” said Rose Calderon, a member of the Latino and Latina Roundtable of the San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys, who organizes the annual event.

“It’s about remembering our ancestors. We hope we’ve led spirits here to share bread with them, to remember them and talk about them, and to educate our younger kids,” she said. 

“Growing up I didn’t know a lot about Dia de Los Muertos,” said Donna Otaro of Pomona, who attended the event. “But the past few years I have learned so much, and I love the idea of touching our ancestors and being able to remember them in this way.” 

Sonia Cortez of Los Angeles designed floral artwork for the altars using fresh flowers from her garden, which she also used in her own colorful head piece. 

“I honestly can say that I love the energy and I love the colors of this celebration,” Cortez said.

—Victoria Tavera

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