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Day of the Dead celebrations coming to Southland

The Mexican Day of the Dead celebration takes place Tuesday and Wednesday. Day of the Dead Hollywood Forever 012

In the holiday, Mexicans honor the dead by building altars to those who’ve passed away that include food, flowers, candy, candles and photos of the departed, as well as elaborately painted calaveras -- skulls made of paper mache or sugar.

The tradition has spread to parts of Southern California. Among the local Day of the Dead events over the next few days:

-- San Pedro holds a celebration Sunday from 3 to 10 p.m. The event takes place on 6th Street and Pacific Avenue. For more information, call (310) 832-5482 or go to diadelosmuertossanpedro.com.

-- El Centro de Accion Social in Pasadena holds a celebration Wednesday, between 6 and 8:30 p.m., at Villa-Parke Community Center, 363 E. Villa St., in Pasadena. For more information, call (626) 792-3148.

-- Libros Schmibros in Boyle Heights presents Orale!: An Evening of Boyle Heights Stories on Wednesday, between 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., at the Breed Street Shul, 247 N. Breed St.

-- East Los Angeles holds its annual Day of the Dead procession down Cesar Chavez Avenue and carnival that follows it on Wednesday, beginning at 4 p.m. The procession starts at Cesar Chavez Avenue and Lorena Street. For more information, click here.

-- Olvera Street in downtown Los Angeles holds its celebrations during the day on Tuesday and Wednesday, including processions. For more information, call (213) 625-5045.


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Photo: A Day of the Dead skeleton. Credit: Sam Quinones

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