• November 13, 2021
The Latin American holiday honors those who have died with a traditional “Fiambre” for all to share at the Church of Scientology of Los Angeles.
LA County has the largest Guatemalan population in the entire US, a population that has grown over 25% in the last decade alone. As the newer generations come into their own, there is much concern about preserving customs and keeping the culture alive—particularly now in a world that is becoming increasingly virtual and digital.
Cultural heritage is key to protecting a sense of identity. It gives one an unshakable connection to one’s roots—to social values, beliefs and traditions, deepening one’s sense of unity, belonging and national pride.
The Church of Scientology of Los Angeles supports this endeavor to keep cultural richness and unity alive, no matter where one may be from. This was displayed as they hosted a “Fiambre,” in honor of Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, which is celebrated on the 2nd of November each year in Guatemala. This is a day for them to celebrate and remember loved ones who have passed away.
Fiambre is a typical Guatemalan activity where the community gets together, donates different types of meat and veggies and then prepares them all together on a large platter. This was prepared and presented on a custom made 8′ x 8′ platter and shared with all who came to participate in the celebration.
A famous sidewalk chalk artist also came and made a beautiful mural of a Central American landscape in the Church parking lot.
All in all, the Guatemalan culture was not only preserved, but amplified in a way that would make their ancestors proud!
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