Voices from Fruitvale's Día de los Muertos festival
This week brings with it Día de los Muertos.
Many took part in celebrating this past Sunday, at the 22nd annual Día de los Muertos Festival in Oakland's Fruitvale district. Thousands of people were in attendance, browsing the altars that were on display and watching performances from a local Aztec dance group.
We sent KALW’s Hannah Kingsley-Ma to talk to some of the altar makers to hear the story behind their creations.
"Waking up early, coming here, unloading ... it's a family thing ... It brings us together. Maybe we had an argument in the morning, but as soon as we start the altar, as soon as [my mom] sparks the copal, it's a new day." —Frank Cortes
"To me, this was really exciting to work on because we are Oakland — a piñata shop, an artist and a musician coming together and thinking differently about the ways immigration impacts us all." —Sita Kuratomi Bhaumik
"The most important thing is that we are showing we have a cultural resistance. We are culturally showing — not by protesting, not by taking over buildings, but by participating in an event that brings about 60,000 people — that we are here, and we are present in this community, and we participate in what is Oakland." —Gonzalo Hidalgo