Day of the Dead Embraces Souls of the Past

First published in the Nov. 13 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

The spirits of the departed recently returned to their loved ones for Dia de los Muertos, some visiting Glendale Central Library on their journey to reconnect with the living.
With special offerings galore, the library’s community altar was filled last weekend with sentimental and decorative items brought in love to welcome those from the afterlife, some of which included photos, flowers, sage, a ball of yarn with knitting needles, sugar skulls and a pair of skeleton figures sitting back to back.
Continue reading “Day of the Dead Embraces Souls of the Past”

Latino Association’s Gesture of Solidarity With Armenians

Photo by Zane Hill / Glendale News-Press
The Glendale Latino Association recently erected a Día de los Muertos altar that paid homage to the Armenians who have fought to defend the Artsakh republic from the control of Azerbaijan.

The well-known Mexican observance of Día de los Muertos proved this year to be a community-building medium in Glendale.
The Glendale Latino Association typically sets up an altar for the Day of the Dead every year, tipping its cap to its members of Mexican heritage. However, the coronavirus pandemic this year means that access to the organization’s center is closed, so not many people could have seen the piece.
Instead, current events — the war involving Armenia and Azerbaijan over the Armenian-populated Artsakh region that resumed in September — opened a door for the local organization to build bridges with Glendale’s prominent Armenian community. What resulted was a Día de los Muertos altar paying homage to Armenia and Artsakh, for all to see on Glendale’s Artsakh Avenue promenade.
Jennie Quinonez-Skinner, president of the GLA, said the idea came from one of the group’s recent meetings.

Continue reading “Latino Association’s Gesture of Solidarity With Armenians”