Noche de Altares in Downtown Santa Ana

Noche de Altares ("Night of Altars" in Spanish) is a free outdoor event related to Halloween that is held in downtown Santa Ana every year. We’ve enjoyed visiting and learning about the Mexican culture.

For this one night, families, students, community organizations, activists, artists, and businesses are invited to build an altar in memory of a deceased loved one. By making altars, participants are inviting fellow community members into their own life and their passions for a loved one who died.
An altar with Mariachi players
Face Painting is an important part of this type of Mexican culture event:
Anne with a new friend
A colorful young girl
Face painter
Girl friends
The best painted face
In 2016, the event is held on Saturday, November 5 from 12:00 noon to 10:00pm:
Great skulls and food
Indian costume
Mariachi music during the festival
An altar from the Tohoku Region of northeastern Japan