Dia de los Muertos - Day of the Dead ~ San Antonio Texas
The vast majority of us spent this past weekend as well as all day yesterday celebrating Halloween. This is a fun whimsical holiday that we take advantage of every October 31. We (adults and kids both) get to dress up in silly, scary and out of the ordinary costumes and eat candy to our hearts contents. Although there is history and tradition behind the holiday, we really don't have much in the way of sentimental or emotional ties to it like most of our other celebratory days (Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, 4th of July, Veterans day, etc.).
Many folks here in San Antonio and around the world celebrate a holiday right after Halloween (November 1 and 2 to be exact) that celebrates the special people in their lives who have passed on. This holiday is aptly named "Dia de los Muertos" or Day of the Dead. Lots of folks may confuse this celebration with Halloween since we typically associate Halloween with ghosts, goblins and ghouls. De de los Muertos, however is much more than that. It is not a day to scare people, it is a celebration of family, friends and gatherings meant to honor, pray for and remember loved ones who have passed away.
One of the traditions associated with the holiday is the construction of personal alters honoring the dead. These alters often include sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed, family and friends will typically visit graves with these as gifts.
So if you are not quite done with the festivities, it might be a good time to take the next day or two to think about some of the loved ones and special people in your life who have passed away and take a moment to honor them with your thoughts and actions. If you are in San Antonio and looking for some of the local activities associated with Dia de los Muertos, here is a list of a few events and places you might like to check out.