Since 2002, El Centro Cultural de Mexico has been organizing Noche de Altares, or a Night of Altars, a community based Día de los Muertos celebration, where families, students, community organization and businesses come together to create an authentic cultural experience that reflects Mexican tradition and what makes up our communities today. Organized by volunteers, the purpose of the celebration is to honor the ancient traditions of the festival and bring community members together through art, culture, and compassion. Continue reading
Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de Muertos) is a Mexican holiday observed throughout Mexico and around the world in other cultures. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, according to Wikipedia.
The Day of the Dead will be celebrated in Santa Ana with the annual Noche de Altares (Night of Altars) hosted by El Centro Cultural de Mexico, at 4th and Birch Streets, in Downtown Santa Ana, on November 1st, from 1- 10 pm. Continue reading
If you have enjoyed the Annual Noche de Altares (Day of the Dead) event in Santa Ana, or are planning on attending this event this year, please consider donating to the effort, at this link. It is my understanding that the organizers need at least $1,000 more in contributions.
Noche de Altares in Santa Ana started in 2002 as a Dia de Muertos celebration organized for and by the community, including artists, students, families and community based organizations. Dia de Muertos is a community celebration with precolombian origins that exists throughout MesoAmerica and throughout the globe in different manifestations. It is a celebration and remembrance of those who have past one but continue to be present through their memory. That first year we had several altares and a couple hundred people. Continue reading
Did you know that Santa Ana’s popular Cinco de Mayo and Fiestas Patrias festivals used to be run by local businessmen and volunteers? That was before the City of Santa Ana decided to hire a promoter, MX Live, to run these events.
But is MX Live really doing a good enough job to justify this corporate takeover? Check out their website,their Facebook Page and the City’s website, and you will find that there is no mention of this year’s Fiestas Patrias, which are coming up in mid-September – just a few weeks from now. What gives? Continue reading
The Downtown Santa Ana Art Walk is set for this Saturday night, Nov. 3rd, featuring “Noche de Altares.”
- GCS Art Gallery: The Day of the Dead themed art show features new works by many artists familiar to the GCS gallery. the list of artists include: ASEPH, 3rdI, Benjie, Nick Lu, AWOL, Alex barcenas, tim shelton, jamie johnson, calvyrus, ray vargas, spr fkr, dino perez, zack bowen, freddie medina, AKIL, tristan cruz, tyoni aragon, rebornz, rask, ar, charlie inkbomber, kasey mahoney, pavel acevedo, jouvon michael, eli martinez, kitty brown, EGADS, BOISE, RABET, david flores, dice, kenos, zane, glory, jroz, meezy perez, michael ziobrowski and a few more surprises….!DJ’s playing music from dead artists all night long. Continue reading
You can support this year’s Santa Ana 2012 Noche de Altares (Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos) event by attending the first annual Catrina Ball at Bistro 400, at 9:30 pm. Bistro 400 is located at 400 W. 4th St., in Downtown Santa Ana, by the Federal Courthouse.
El Centro Cultural de Mexico and Calacas are among those who are organizing the Noche de Altares event. They apparently turned down a $10,000 donation from Downtown, Inc., the association that manages the money that is taken from Downtown Santa Ana property owners and spent by a select board. Bravo to El Centro and Calacas for turning down this dirty money! Continue reading
Announcing the 10th Annual Noche de Altares, which will take place on Saturday, November 3rd, 2012, from 1:00pm – 10:00pm., at 4th & Birch Street, Downtown Santa Ana.
Take part in this unforgettable community event by participating as an altar builder in the 10th Annual Noche de Altares! Build an altar dedicated to a loved one or to bring awareness to a social issue.
Schedule of Events: Continue reading
Thousands of people gathered downtown Saturday afternoon for an annual Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead celebration that has mushroomed in size over the past nine years, according to the O.C. Register.
The event was masterminded by Jackie and Rudy Cordova, owners of Calacas and the new Calacas Cafe. This was the Ninth Annual Noche de Altares event. Check out Calacas’ Facebook page for pictures of yesterday’s event.
In related news, Belinda De La Libertad has started a new website called “Altares Por Siempre” which will gather pictures of Day of the Dead altars, to forever commemorate the dearly departed. Continue reading
UPDATE: Click here for pictures and a recap of the 2011 Noche de Altares (Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos).
For the 9th year in a row, Centro Cultural de México is organizing Noche de Altares (A Night of Altars/Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos) on Saturday, Nov. 5. This year Centro is proud to present this free event in partnership with Calacas Inc., a Santa Ana business that promotes art and culture through products made by indigenous people living in México and local artisans living in Southern California.
Noche de Altares is a community-based event celebrating Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), one of México’s oldest, indigenous festivals. Organized by volunteers, the purpose of the celebration is to honor the ancient traditions of the festival and bring community members together through art, culture, and compassion. Continue reading
My wife and my little boy joined me tonight at Santa Ana’s 8th Annual Noche de Altares, commemorating Dia de Los Muertos. The event took place on 4th St., between Ross and Broadway. It coincided with tonight’s Art Walk, which made for a huge crowd and a lot of fun.
Families took the time to put together the Altares, or Altars, which are a way to remember their departed loved ones. Each one told a different story. The Altares were amazing. Many of them included photos and portraits, and all sorts of objects which were reminiscent of the departed.
There was a huge crowd of people waiting patiently for food, and listening to live music. Many vendors displayed their wares all along 4th St.
I ran into a lot of friends, including Vicky Baxter of Downtown Inc.; Patrick Yrarrazaval, a Santa Ana Planning Commissioner; Zeke Hernandez, an activist in the local Democratic Party; Daniella Southgate, the Marketing Director at MacArthur Plaza, and many more.
We also stopped by the Santora Building, and visited El Sotano, which is Matt Southgate’s gallery. He set up an Altare commemorating Johnny Cash, which we really liked.
There was also a haunted gallery at the Santora.
Outside, at the Promenade next to the CSUF Grand Central Art Center, another crowd had convened to watch a bunch of Christian break-dancers, which was pretty weird, but they were quite good.
If you missed out, be sure to check out the photos in the slideshow atop this post.
Kudos to all who were involved in planning this great event, particularly my friends at Calacas!
I should note that there was a significant police and security presence, but everyone behaved and we all felt quite safe.
Santa Ana’s Calacas store has announced an opening reception for a new Day of the Dead art exhibit coming up this Saturday, Oct. 3, from 7 pm to 10 pm. The festivities will include an appearance by “La Catrina.” The exhibit will run through October 7.
Calacas is located at 324 W. 4th St., in downtown Santa Ana. There is free parking at the structure at 3rd and Birch. You can find out more about this event by calling Calacas at 714-662-2002 or by visiting their website. Continue reading
“El Centro Cultural de Mexico and Calacas are seeking those interested in creating altars for the annual Noche de Altares, a free community event organized by local volunteers,” according to the O.C. Register.
The 7th Annual Día de los Muertos Celebration will be held on Saturday, November 7th 2009, from 2pm to 10pm, at the Fiesta Marketplace, which is located at the corner of Bush and 3rd., in downtown Santa Ana. You can read about that event by clicking here. Continue reading