Photo credits: David Jimenez, Juliana Martinez and Julie Fernandez 

A sacred indigenous tradition is finding a variety of  modern interpretations and is being expanded far beyond the traditional practice.    

The Mexican tradition remains to create altars -ofrendas to loved ones who have passed to hold  photos, favorite foods, drinks, lined with candles and marigolds to lead the spirit back to a visit with their earthly families at the grave site have expanded here to include community events that grow larger each year.  In the City of San Fernando, the city merged their annual Healthy Families 5KRun with their Dia de los Muertos event which this year included health screenings, along with an abundance of music along with Aztec and folklorico dance.

Twenty eight chalk artists filled the pavement surrounding the city’s recreational center with interpretative Dia de los Muertos themed art .