by Arianna Michaud | editor in chief The weekend of Oct. 28 marks Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. This two day festival takes place Nov. 1 and Nov. 2, celebrated throughout Latin America. Despite its grim appearance, the holiday intends to celebrate the lives of the dead and invite their spirits back to Earth in order to enjoy food and drink placed out on an ofrenda, or altar. Marigolds are the featured flower of this holiday due to their fragrance; they are left around and in a trail leading up to the ofrenda in an effort to guide the spirits to their family. San Antonio embraces this holiday annually with festivals such as Muertos Fest, which occurs the weekend before Dia de los Muertos and has been running for seven years. This year it occurred at Hemisfair, a new location, and featured singers, poets, face paint, and art vendors. A procession walks through the event on Sunday, as seen in this 2014 video. Admission and access to most events is free. The weekend of Dia de los Muertos has another festival, for those who missed Muertos Fest- Day of the Dead San Antonio, or DOD SAT. One of the features is something the city has never seen before, a Day of the Dead river parade called Catrinas on the River. Additionally, there will be a 5K run and festival at La Villita running from Nov. 1 to Nov. 3. Partons submitted photos of their loved ones prior to the festival to be incorporated into a community ofrenda. Around the ofrenda was candles, marigolds, sweet bread, and Jarritos. Kruger middle school submitted this ofrenda into the contest at the festival. They chose to feature those who they looked up to. A couple of brass players wore masks and played songs like “La Cucaracha” for people passing. This Brownsville based design group came to SA to sell shirts, stickers, and prints. Visit them at jenzeanodesigns.com Another artist had modified Vans and other shoes to have a hispanic flair. These coasters featured hand illustrated skeletons performing various occupations. Another submitted altar honored the fallen soldiers. Artist made masks for those who chose to opt out of face paint. Many patrons wore makeup, but some went the extra mile with whole costumes around the theme. Lainer High School art club make an ofenda honoring children who have passed away in detention centers, featuring a fence, toys, and mural in the background. There were multiple stands featuring event shirts. Related Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.