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How to celebrate Dia de los Muertos

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Now that you've washed off all your fake blood and gorged yourself on Tootsie Rolls, it's time to get ready for another holiday. 

Dia de los Muertos, Or the Day of the Dead, which is actually celebrated over several days in Mexico and much of Latin America. Traditionally, this commemoration of the dead revolves around creating decorated altars to departed loved ones with brightly colored papel picado, sugar skulls and marigolds.

You can certainly find some traditional celebrations around Southern California this weekend, as well as some not so traditional celebrations.

Here to talk about how we celebrate Dia de Los Muertos is Evonne Gallardo, executive director of Self Help Graphics in Boyle Heights. They've held one of the longest-running celebrations in the city, now in it's 40th year.
 

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