San José, CA
It has become a tradition on All Saints Day to celebrate our ancestry, our forebearers who have passed on before us. This year to commemorate Dìa de Los Muertos/Day of the Dead the festivities will again be held at Oak Hill Memorial Park with a liturgical celebration on Saturday, November 3.
Oak Hill Funeral Home and Memorial Park has been California’s oldest secular cemetery for 166 years. Oak Hill welcomes friends, family, neighbors and beyond to commemorate their 7th annual Dìa de Los Muertos on Saturday, November 3 from 9 AM to 2 PM The memorial ceremony is dedicated to honor those friends and relatives that have passed away.
“It is always an honor to invite everyone,” said Brian Kestenblatt, General Manager of Oak Hill Funeral Home and Memorial Park, “As we welcome, honor and celebrate the memories of our departed loved ones. It is a chance to celebrate, as we rejoice and observe the mystical beauty and wonder of this ancient spiritual celebration.”
An outdoor celebration of Dìa de Los Muertos will be held at 10:30 AM at the Our Lady of Guadalupe section of Oak Hill Memorial Park. The day will include the traditional sweet bread pan de muerto, coffee, hot chocolate drink champurrado, live music and ceremonial Aztec dancers.
The custom of All Saints’ Day and Day of the Dead dates back to 600AD and is a custom that is preceded by Halloween or All Hallow’s Eve. It has evolved into a ceremonial commemoration.
Oak Hill Funeral Home and Memorial Park is located at 300 Curtner Avenue at Monterey Highway in San José. For more information, call 408.297. 2447.