FRIENDS OF OCEANSIDE DIA DE LOS MUERTOS
"Oceanside has its own cultural diversity, unique and wonderful. The only city that I have ever lived in where every culture lives together. I love that I learn something new here every day. This event is just another way to show how we can learn about the historical story that is brought back to life at the Oceanside Dia de los Muertos Festival. The decoration and historical events here can be shared, adopted or modified anywhere in the world, by any race religion or culture to honor their ancestors. Why wouldn’t we want to ensure that everyone is invited to see what a wonderful festival it is."
Dia Festival Volunteer
WHAT IS FRIENDS OF OCEANSIDE DIA DE LOS MUERTOS?
A Non-profit organization.
Purpose: To promote, educate and conserve the tradition of Dia de Los Muertos and its importance to a diversified community.
All proceeds from the festival go directly to the event.
All Board members work for free and donate their time towards this Annual Festival.
WHAT IS THE HISTORY OF DIA DE LOS MUERTOS?
The Festival of Dia de los Muertos celebrates the lives of the dead, the interaction between the living and the dead and the cycle of life. This view of death started with Mesoamerican cultures more than 3,000 years ago. From Mexico to Nicaragua, societies believed that at this time of year the boundaries separating the living and the dead weakened, and the deceased could visit the living. Unlike the Spaniards who viewed death as an end, they saw it is as a continuation of life. Instead of fearing death, they embraced it. Life was a dream and only in death did they become truly awake. Traditionally celebrated on November 1st and 2nd, the holiday varies from region to region and also by degree of urbanization. In small towns of Mexico a candlelight procession to a cemetery is held by most families on the eve of the celebration. Family members decorate grave sites with flowers and enjoy a meal. Offerings are brought to dead loved ones and include their favorite foods, beverages, toys and personal belongings. Family members may also spend the night and share the memory of their loved ones by telling stories about them.
DIA DE LOS MUERTOS TODAY
Many Mexican immigrants bring these traditions and now share them in Día de los Muertos Festivals throughout the United States. The commemoration is not mournful but rather a time to share with family and friends. Some people attend because they are curious, and others just want to have a good time.
Friends of Oceanside Dia de los Muertos is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization registered with the IRS.
If you wish to participate as part of the Board, on a Committee, Volunteer or have questions, contact us at:
Friends of Oceanside Dia de los Muertos
BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
Isela Talamantes, Vice President
Chris Gow, Secretary
Cedma Navarro, Treasurer
Marleen Alegria, Director at Large
Manuel Navarro, Director at Large
Maureen Sullivan, Director at Large
David Lozeau, Director at Large
Miguel Blanco, Director at Large