• November 13, 2021
The Regional Organization of Oaxaca partners with the Church of Scientology of Los Angeles to create an authentic and aesthetic remembrance of the dead on Dia de los Muertos, despite the pandemic.
At about 3:00 PM on Sunday afternoon, a musical procession marched down L. Ron Hubbard Way and into in the Church of Scientology of Los Angeles parking lot, which was covered in ethnic Oaxacan decor with a traditional flowered alter.
Members of the Quilana community of Oaxaca gathered in celebration of Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, a holiday recognized on the 1st and 2nd of November each year. The theory behind Dia de los Muertos is that the souls of the dead return to Earth on these days to visit their families and loved ones. This is a very sacred and precious holiday in Latin America, for that reason.
The indigenous people of Oaxaca, Mexico, have a distinct way of celebrating the holiday. This year, the Church of Scientology assisted the Oaxacans of Los Angeles in the creation of an authentic Dia de los Muertos—Oaxaca style. With the help of the Church, the indigenous Oaxacans of Los Angeles were able to have a celebration rich in their traditions.
The procession down L. Ron Hubbard Way was followed by a ritual done in Zapoteco, the ancient language of the indigenous peoples of Oaxaca. The event proceeded with multiple folkloric Day of the Dead dances, musical performances and ethnic food.
It was most certainly a weekend to remember for all who attended, especially the Oaxacans.