Tune in today to NPR’s All Things Considered for a journey that explores Día de Los Muertos in Los Angeles and in Mexico. Or scroll to tune in here and 301 Moved Permanently now!

In Mexico, it is an important national holiday where people honor their loved ones that passed away by throwing them a party. The celebration is a tradition inherited from the country’s pre-hispanic past.

Photo by Lourdes Almeida
These days, it has become a holiday celebrated in the US, especially in bigger cities like LA, Chicago and New York. For millions of Angelenos, it is an invaluable tradition equal to that of Christmas or Thanksgiving.

This story was produced by Anayansi Diaz-Cortes and

301 Moved Permanently

Eric Pearse Chavez with help from Ronny Mikkelson {genius sound designer!} and photographer Lourdes Almeida. Sonic Trace is part of Localore and the Association of Independents in Radio (AIR). It’s funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The project is co-produced by Zeega, a non-profit inventing new forms of interactive storytelling.


Photos by Eric Pearse Chavez


Photos by Lourdes Almeida

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  • http://aloudla.org Maureen

    Beautiful piece, Anayansi. Tu abuelita estaría orgullosa. Thanks for helping me remember mine.

  • emily

    Anayansi, increíble trabajo, de verdad me transportaste a Mexico, muchas gracias por haber dado algo tan personal y especial para ti.

  • Vivian

    Querida y Divina!…….no puedes dejar de reconocer…….que el mundo de lo invisible te preparaba y ahora has vivido la experiencia……..nuestros mundos se componen de lo visible que nos invade atraves de nuestros 5 sentidos y mas allá se encuentra el sentido que emana del ZON de tu coraZON…..Saludoabrazos

  • http://www.lourdesalmeida.com Lourdes Almeida

    Anayansi, la descripción es muy emotiva, tienes mucho talento. Gracias por ayudar a conservar nuestras tradiciones.

    Lourdes Almeida

  • http://lalasmom.com Shaye

    Your story inspired me to write a blog entry about my experience at Hollywood Forever’s 2010 Dia de los Muertos. A post I should have written a long time ago acknowledging how this beautiful Mexican tradition helped someone from outside the culture. Your description of shopping with your aunt gave me glimpse into the holiday I would never have experienced.
    A beautiful tribute to your grandmother, your family and

    your culture.

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