Paying tribute to those who’ve passed


Councilman Sergio Contreras hosted Westminster’s inaugural Dia de los Muertos celebration on Oct. 30 at the Westminster Civic Center to honor lost loved ones and pay tribute to their contributions to the city and culture.

“This event pays tribute to those who’ve passed, because without their countless sacrifices, we would not be who we are today. The community has asked for this for years and I’m happy to help bring it to fruition,” Contreras said.

The event featured live music performances from local schools, a community altar showcase, face painting, trick or treat and more.

This marked the first Dia de los Muertos event ever held in Westminster

There were student performances by students from schools in Westminster, Garden Grove and Santa Ana

There were free treats, Mexican bread and coffee, a community altar for historic leaders like former councilman Frank Fry and Gonzalo and Felicitas Mendez.

There was also had free arts and crafts and facepainting for kids

“Thank you to all who joined us at the Westminster Civic Center for our annual Día de los Muertos celebration,” Contreras said. “The event featured talented performers, great music and beautiful altars honoring our departed loved ones. Every year, I look forward to joining my neighbors in Westminster and residents from across Orange County as we pay our respects and celebrate the lives of friends and family who are no longer with us.”