Xavier Quijas Yxayotl "Splendorous Mictlan" and Dancers

Dia De Los Muertos LA: Main Stage Performances (Part 3)

This year’s Dia De Los Muertos: Shamanic Visions of the Huicol festival at Hollywood Forever was a 12-hour cultural celebration in honor of those who have passed.

Xavier Quijas Yxayotl "Splendorous Mictlan" and Dancers
Xavier Quijas Yxayotl “Splendorous Mictlan” and Dancers

Hollywood Forever’s Lady of the Dead website has an excellent review of the ancient rituals on display at the festival.

Xavier Quijas Yxayotl "Splendorous Mictlan" and Dancers
Xavier Quijas Yxayotl “Splendorous Mictlan” and Dancers

After the Sunset Shaman Ceremony featured in our Part 1 blog, then wandering through the Altars and Atmosphere in Part 2, one arrived at the main stage, one of three set up on the vast grounds of Hollywood Forever.

Huichol Musical began the evening with a lively set.

Huichol Musical perform at Dia De Los Muertos LA
Huichol Musical

Next, Maria Elena Cabezut, Cultural Attache, Consulate of Mexico took the mic to speak of the significance of the evening to the local community.

Maria Elena Cabezut, Cultural Attache, Consulate of Mexico
Maria Elena Cabezut, Cultural Attache, Consulate of Mexico

The visual extravaganza that is Grupo de Danza Nayare is something to behold!

Grupo de Danza Nayare performs at Dia De Los Muertos - Shamanic Visions of the Huichol
Grupo de Danza Nayare

The detail in their costuming and makeup is stunning!

Grupo de Danza Nayare performs at Dia De Los Muertos - Shamanic Visions of the Huichol
Grupo de Danza Nayare

Not to mention the sheer variety as they passed in procession.

Grupo de Danza Nayare performs at Dia De Los Muertos - Shamanic Visions of the Huichol
Grupo de Danza Nayare

There were creatures among them too!

Grupo de Danza Nayare performs at Dia De Los Muertos - Shamanic Visions of the Huichol
Grupo de Danza Nayare

Festival attendee Amber Allison was selected from among the thousands of costumed guests and awarded the “Best Costume” of the event.

Best Costume Winner Amber Allison on stage at Dia De Los Muertos - Shamanic Visions of the Huichol
Best Costume Winner Amber Allison

The next performance was steeped in ancient ritual traditions, introduced by flutes and incense.

Xavier Quijas Yxayotl "Splendorous Mictlan" and Dancers
Xavier Quijas Yxayotl “Splendorous Mictlan” and Dancers

Dressed in traditional Aztec garb, the dancers performed ancient rites in honor of the dead.

Xavier Quijas Yxayotl "Splendorous Mictlan" and Dancers
Xavier Quijas Yxayotl “Splendorous Mictlan” and Dancers

Honoring great warriors of the past.

Xavier Quijas Yxayotl "Splendorous Mictlan" and Dancers
Xavier Quijas Yxayotl “Splendorous Mictlan” and Dancers

The ceremonies were stunning displays of ancient heritage.

Xavier Quijas Yxayotl "Splendorous Mictlan" and Dancers
Xavier Quijas Yxayotl “Splendorous Mictlan” and Dancers

The details in each performer’s appearance and unique style of dance … simply amazing!

Xavier Quijas Yxayotl "Splendorous Mictlan" and Dancers
Xavier Quijas Yxayotl “Splendorous Mictlan” and Dancers

Closing out the main stage acts, singer/songwriter Lila Downs took the stage with a lively set.

Singer/songwriter Lila Downs
Singer/songwriter Lila Downs

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