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Renowned for its lively atmosphere and colourful events, San Antonio, Texas is gearing up for its Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) festivities, with a number of new offerings being added to the dozens of annual events, creating the largest celebration of the holiday in the U.S.
Dating back to pre-Columbian times, Day of the Dead is a traditional Mexican holiday when people celebrate their deceased loved ones.
Participants create festive altars adorned with photographs, food and other gifts associated with the holiday such as marigolds, incense and candles to honour those who have passed.
It’s said that on Nov. 1 and Nov. 2, the distance between the living and the dead is at its closest point creating a special moment to share memories and send wishes to dearly departed family and friends.
Taking place from Oct. 26 through Nov. 3, San Antonio’s festivities include events big and small, some going back more than 40 years, with traditional altars, live music, Mexican cuisine and parades, many of which are family friendly and free and open to the public.
Restaurants, cafes and cultural institutions across the city will showcase altars, customary décor and fresh-baked?pan de muerto, a sweet bread that’s a traditional offering.
Here’s a sample of what to expect:
Día de Los Muertos (Oct. 26-27)
For its seventh year, this celebration, also known as Muertos Fest, has expanded to a new location at Hemisfair in the heart of downtown. The event features the largest open altar exhibition in the city along with live music on two stages, original Day of the Dead art, a drum and puppet procession, poetry readings and more.
The fest was named one of the 10 Great Day of the Dead Celebrations by USA Today and the second best Dia de Muertos Celebration in the country by Tripping.com.
Day of the Dead San Antonio (Nov. 1-3)
The historic La Villita neighborhood will serve as home to the new Day of the Dead San Antonio celebration. The three-day program includes artistic displays, activities for children, musical performances, a suite of gastronomical treats, a beer garden and Spirits Bar, dancing and opportunities to learn about the historic and cultural importance of the celebration.
Additional Day of the Dead San Antonio events include:
And there’s lots more, including:
For more, go to visitsanantonio.com/dia-de-los-muertos.
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