I was invited to go to the Day of the Dead celebration that goes on in downtown Los Angeles every year (by Father Frank Desiderio whose interview is the last one you’ll read in the book) and brought along my camera. I didn’t know much about the celebration and in case you don’t either, here’s a little background:
The Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) is a Mexican holiday (that usually falls around Oct. 31-Nov.2) that is acknowledged in many other cultures. The multi-day holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and help support their spiritual journey. Even though it’s celebrated at the same time as Halloween it’s not seen as scary or spooky (even if it looks that way). It’s about commemorating and being aware of ancestors and passing on family and ancient stories to the next generations.
I rarely randomly ask people about their greatest epiphanies on the fly any more – people usually need a little time to think about it, but these wonderful people were game and the video contains some clips of what they told me during this fascinating celebration.