Join OISS for Dia de los Muertos celebration in Los Angeles

by Simeng (Karen) Li, International Peer
Wednesday, October 17, 2018 1:15 PM

Join the Office of International Students & Scholars (OISS) ​for a visit to the spectacular Day of the Dead celebration at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles!

Date: Saturday, October 27, 2018

Time: Leaving from the UCSB Student Resource Building at 2 p.m. The drive is about an hour and a half. ​There will be lots of time to explore the altars, listen to live music, shop at the booths, and enjoy dinner before heading back to UCSB around 9 p.m.  

*Note* You must purchase your own ticket to the event, but OISS will provide transportation for a limited number of international students via UCSB Vans. Please bring money for food and shopping at the event. 

What is Dia De Los Muertos?
Dia De Los Muertos is one of Mexico’s traditional holidays reuniting and honoring beloved ancestors, family and friends. It is an ancient and enduring ritual when the living commune with the dead – a mystical night when the veil is lifted between their two realms and they may share a day together. The historical roots of this celebration date back to the pre-Hispanic cultures of Meso-America of the indigenous people, especially the Nahua (Aztecs, Mayans, Toltecas, Tlaxcaltec, Chichimec, Tecpanec) and others native to Mexico more than 3,000 years. When the Spaniards conquered the country, this indigenous custom was rooted so deeply that, after five centuries of colonization, it has continued to survive and remain as celebrated as in its first days. Home to the oldest memorial park in Hollywood dating back to 1899, Hollywood Forever is the only cemetery in the country which opens its gates and welcomes its surrounding community to commemorate El Dia de Los Muertos.

How can I participate?
1. Click here to purchase your event ticket ($29.69 including fees directly from the event site).
2. AFTER you have purchased your tickets, click here to reserve your space in the UCSB van (free! spaces are limited​ and you will need your event ticket order ​number to reserve a space).

For more information about this event, please contact OISS at or (805) 893-2929.