2023 marks Oceanside’s 22nd annual Día de los Muertos event. This is the third year that the backdrop of one of my favorite events of the year is historic Downtown Oceanside. There is so much color, culture, craft and cempasúchil (marigold) in one place. The woman in the white huipil makes a life size paper mache catrina every year, and so has quite a collection by now. The woman in the black dress doesn’t is not at work, she is a spectator, with spectators.
One of the things that makes Oceanside’s Día de los Muertos so special are the car altars. It is a car show and a celebration of life and death wrapped together with and covered with bright orange marigold.