Eva Levante — Masked Purpose

"Welcome, welcome!" Eva says with a smile, though it's clear the normal cheer in her eyes is somewhat diminished. "An auspicious start to the festival this year, isn't it? But what time is more important to remember those who have passed than in the face of impending loss? The sacrifices of those who came before allow us to be here today, making it all the more important that we acknowledge them."

"I know it's… beyond belief out there. I know people are scared. But fear is normal; fear is a human reaction. You can be afraid and still be brave. That's part of what the masks of the festival show us. We can be strong on the outside, even if we're frightened within."