Día de los Muertos, or translated into English as Day of the Dead has really deep roots in Mexico and amongst Latin families. The original holiday is celebrated on the 1st and 2nd of November.
Families pay their respects to remember deceased family and friends. The memorialization comes in the form of a altar called ofrendas which are set up with the departed one’s favorite foods, drinks, music.
Many families also celebrate by giving candy sugar skulls or pan de muerto with family and friends.
San Antonio’s role in this celebration is a big one. Our city celebrates the largest Día de los Muertos Celebration in the entire United States. With over 100,000 in attendance over the two-day event downtown at the Hemisfair.
This year will be the largest thus far with over sixty different altars displayed that were designed by members of the community, families and friends of deceased loved ones. The altars will be displayed along East Nueva Street along the walkway.
Spectators will also see skeleton figures of elegantly dressed men (catrines) and women (catrinas) that remind us that we’re all equal in death.
The free admission event happens October 23 opening at 10AM until 11PM then again October 24 opening up at Noon till 9PM.
A separate event, the Day of the Dead River Parade will happen at 7:30PM on October 29th that will be aired on ABC affiliate KSAT 12.
Let’s rewind to 2019, when National Geographic acclaimed Día de los Muertos one of the best fall festivals in the country.