Noche de Altares
Orange County Chapter
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
by: David Lopez

Section: News Articles

November 2012

David Lopez is the Vice-President of the Orange County Chapter of REFORMA. He holds an MLIS from San Jose State University (2012) and an MFA from the University of California, Riverside (2010). Watch the YouTube Slide Show!

On Saturday, November 3rd, the Orange County Chapter of REFORMA participated in the 10th Annual Noche de Altares event in Santa Ana, CA.  This is the biggest and most attended event in the City of Santa Ana which was voted “2012 Best Festival” by OC WeeklyNoche de Altares is a free community event that celebrates the traditions of Día de los Muertos and brings Southern California residents together through art and cultura.  For one night, families, students, community organizations, activists, artists, and businesses are invited to build an altar in memory of a deceased loved one or to bring awareness to a social issue.  This year over 40,000 people attended the event and over 100 altars were displayed. 

The focus of the altar was to build awareness of the loss of great Spanish language artists

The OC Chapter of REFORMA participated in the event for the first time by honoring the beloved authors, writers, and románticos of Latinoamérica.  Those honored included Jorge Luís Borges, Carlos Fuentes, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Federíco García Lorca, Horacio Quiroga, José Martí, Pablo Neruda, Octavio Paz, Gabriela Mistral, and many others.  The focus of the altar was to build awareness of the loss of great Spanish language artists and to promote literacy through reading works by these and other authors.
At the event the chapter spoke to many visitors who learned about REFORMA and its mission for the first time.  Those who volunteered to help at the event mentioned the great positive energy they felt by seeing the beautiful altars lit up in memory of so many lives.  Altars were blessed by danza Azteca rituals and candles were lit during a sundown procession by the iconic Día de los Muertos matriarch, La Catrina.  Members of the chapter have already begun discussing next year’s altar theme and are excited to participate in the event for years to come.

The Noche de Altares committee who helped put the altar together consists of Silvia Cisneros, Olga Gallardo, David Lopez, Milly Lugo, and Beatriz Preciado.

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