Drums, whistles, music, altars and written messages to deceased loved ones were on display on October 27, 2013 at the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) event. The 19th Annual Days of the Dead once again celebrated the Mexican community and its tradition of remembering and honoring the dead. Hundreds of families sampled food, danced on the lawn to mariachi music, tasted freshly hand-made tortillas, had their faces painted, decorated sugar skulls, shopped in the Mercado (store) and explored the many altars scattered throughout the museum. The weather was gray and chilly, but all souls were warmed by the energy felt throughout the museum grounds.
Visit the "Tree of Life and Death: Dias de los Muertos 2013" on view at the Gallery of California Natural Sciences (OMCA). (October 9 - December 8, 2013).
Enjoy this slide show which samples some of the day's experience and installations.