Authentic streaming celebration with live performances brings 2020 Day of the Dead event direct to viewers

Sunday, November 1, 2020, 12:00–2:00 PM via Facebook Live

Forest Lawn will continue its tradition of bringing authentic Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebrations to the community with this year’s virtual event. On Sunday, November 1, 2020, from 12:00–2:00 PM, Forest Lawn will transform viewers’ homes into majestic spaces for remembrance with marigolds, live and larger-than-life sculpture Catrinas, folkloric dance performances, Mariachi music, a Bob Baker Marionette Theater performance, bilingual prayer and spoken word, a brightly colored ofrenda (altar), and more.

Highlights for the Día de los Muertos celebration include:

  • Folkloric dance performances by Ballet Folclorico Internacional
  • Mariachi performances by Mariachi Juvenil Herencia Mexicana
  • Bob Baker Marionette Theater performance
  • Bilingual religious ceremony led by Father Mario Juarez from Christ Cathedral with Mariachi Juvenil Herencia Mexicana
  • Live and larger-than-life sculpture Catrinas

Forest Lawn’s virtual Día de los Muertos celebration marks the second appearance of six-foot-tall Catrina sculptures, artisanal creations crafted by Forest Lawn’s floral designers and inspired by Mexican Day of the Dead celebrations. The skeletal women symbolize the return of departed loved ones and are a reminder to be true to oneself and enjoy life. Each of Forest Lawn’s Catrina sculptures has her own personality, with distinct costumes and accessories inspired by the early twentieth century, the time period when Catrinas were first popularized by Jose Guadalupe Posada and Diego Rivera. In addition to the sculptures, there will be two live Catrinas.

“Forest Lawn will miss welcoming the public to our Día de los Muertos celebration in person, but we look forward to transforming this anticipated annual event into a virtual celebration,” says Rodolfo Saenz, Forest Lawn’s Senior Vice President, Marketing. “Our virtual event will create authentic, at-home experiences for our community, allowing the public to celebrate and learn about Day of the Dead’s distinct traditions.”

Forest Lawn’s Día de los Muertos celebration will take place virtually on Sunday, November 1, from 12:00–2:00 PM. Streaming is available via Forest Lawn’s Facebook page live, and following the event: (

For additional information and media inquiries about Día de los Muertos or Forest Lawn, please contact Tom Smith at 323.340.4742 or [email protected]

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