Photos: Dia de los Muertos preparations

A man stands amid flowers.
Jose Espitia amid marigolds at Mi Rancho Conejo in the Ventura County community of Somis.
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The Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, is a holiday traditionally celebrated on Nov. 1 and 2, though other days, such as Oct. 31 or Nov. 6, may be included. It involves family and friends gathering to pay respects to those who have died. Traditions connected with the holiday include honoring the deceased with marigolds and altars.

A woman with flowers and pictures near graves.
Ana Cuevas, 51, of Norwalk at Calvary Cemetery and Mortuary in East Los Angeles. She built an altar to honor 14 of her relatives and friends who have died. Cuevas cried while telling how she lost her 88-year-old grandmother and 1-year-old nephew to COVID last year. At the cemetery on Saturday will be a Dia de los Muertos event, with a Mass at noon and a celebration at 1:30 p.m.
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A man and a woman with flowers.
Zeferino Garcia and his wife, Maria Francisco, prepare flowers at La Mayordomia in Los Angeles for the Day of the Dead.
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A man with flowers.
Octavio Gurrola at Calvary Cemetery and Mortuary in East Los Angeles hangs marigolds inside a mausoleum doorway.
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A woman at a grave.
Araceli Gonzalez of Echo Park leaves flowers at the grave of her mother, Rosa Maria Gonzalez, at Calvary Cemetery and Mortuary in East Los Angeles.
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A bee sits on a marigold.
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A woman inside a mausoleum.
Ana Cuevas decorates a mausoleum at Calvary Cemetery and Mortuary in East Los Angeles.
(Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)
Dia de los Muertos is a Mexican holiday that commemorates loved ones who have died.
Dia de los Muertos is a Mexican holiday that commemorates loved ones who have died. An altar at Calvary Cemetery on Friday, Oct. 28, 2022, in East Los Angeles, CA. Tomorrow there will be a Dia de Los Muertos Community Day celebration at the cemetery including a Mass at noon, the blessing of alters, music and folklorico dance at 1:30 pm.
(Francine Orr/Los Angeles Times)