Dia de los Muertos - Day of the Dead ~ San Antonio Texas

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Dia de los Muertos - Day of the Dead ~ San Antonio Texas

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 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. 





Day of the Dead Ghost Tour   


“Calavera Stroll”  http://www.sacalaveras.com/2011/10/dia-de-los-muertos-community-celebration/



La Villita Celebrates Dia de los Muertos




Mariachi Las Altenas Dia de los Muertos




URBAN-15's Carnaval de los Muertos! 






Día de los Muertos Community Celebration




34th Annual Dia de los Muertos Celebration and Exhibit






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Christopher Pataki
RE/MAX Associates - Hockessin, DE
Hockessin Delaware Real Estate

We are currently making bread for Spanish Class honoring the Dia de los muertos..................chris

Nov 01, 2011 08:24 AM #1
Jeanna Martinez
RE/MAX Access - Schertz, TX

Chris - Yum!! What kind of bread?? 

Nov 01, 2011 08:32 AM #2
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Jeanna, Sounds like a TON of local events.  Dilemma as to which direction to go??!

Nov 01, 2011 08:45 AM #3
Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News

Sounds like a wonderful tradition.  Certainly a wide selection of activities to chose from.

Nov 01, 2011 08:48 AM #4
Leslie Prest
Leslie Prest, Prest Realty, Sales and Rentals in Payson, AZ - Payson, AZ
Owner, Assoc. Broker, Prest Realty, Payson,

I grew up in Yuma, AZ, and I miss the latino holidays and mariachis.

Nov 01, 2011 09:47 AM #5
Leslie Ebersole
Swanepoel T3 Group - Saint Charles, IL
I help brokers build businesses they love.

I like those wax skulls...great for scaring the kids!

It's a nice and respectful custom to remember your ancestors.

Nov 01, 2011 03:53 PM #6
Jeanna Martinez
RE/MAX Access - Schertz, TX

Liz and Bill - You are correct...there is the dilema! (and thank you for all your help!!) =)

Cindy - It is a very important holiday for many folks here in San Antonio!

Leslie P. - The Latin holidays and traditions are so rich and full of fun!

Leslie E. - Haha!  Thats exactly what I use them for in my family! =) I agree...it is a really nice tradition! 


Nov 02, 2011 07:20 AM #7
Kristin Moran
Owner - RE/MAX Access - KristinMoran@Remax.net - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio,TX - Real Estate - 210-313-7397

Nice pictures Jeanna!  I had no idea all that stuff was going on! Look what I find out from your blog! Tons of info.  :D

Nov 02, 2011 08:09 AM #8
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