After Christmas comes New Year’s Eve. After Ash Wednesday comes Easter. After Halloween comes Día de Los Muertos, or the “Day of the Dead.”
Often lumped in with Halloween, Día de los Muertos is actually its own holiday celebrated on November 1st and 2nd honoring those who have passed on. Traditionally a Hispanic holiday, members of the community build alters in their homes to pay tribute to family members, friends, and others close to them who have died. Breads are baked, candles are lit, pictures are placed on the altar representing moments in the deceased loved one’s life.
This day is not about mourning, but about celebrating those who have gone before us. Being a predominantly Hispanic city, San Antonio celebrates this day with gusto. Here are a few events happening in San Antonio that invite all to join in the celebration!
A Día de los Muertos Celebration: This FREE event put on by the city of San Antonio takes place Friday, November 1st and Saturday, November 2nd from noon until 6 p.m. Enjoy a festive drum procession around Market Square in downtown San Antonio.
MuertosFest: Really, the flyer says it all. There will be dancing. There will be art. There will be food and music and alcohol! With the sponsors they have helping put together this event, you know it’ll be one big celebration. Tickets are on sale now, so get them quick. Follow the official event accounts on Twitter and Facebook for up-to-date information.
36th Annual Dia de los Muertos Exhibition: Centro Cultural Aztlan, a local Chicano community organization, will put on their 36th annual Día de los Muertos celebration November 1st and 2nd. Artists will create an outstanding art exhibit that not only stimulates the senses, but the soul to honor the tradition of this holiday celebrating the lives of those who die, rather than mourning their loss.
As always, feel free to ask our concierges for more information about San Antonio happenings during your stay.