Fronteras: Remembering A Massacre 50 Years Later & Día De Los Muertos
Fifty years ago, hundreds of students and civilians were massacred in Mexico City by the Mexican military just days before the opening of the 1968 Summer Olympics. On this episode of Fronteras, we look back at the events of Oct. 2, 1968 (0:16). Then, we’ll examine the centuries-old tradition of Día de los Muertos (7:15). And finally, we’ll visit a Día de los Muertos festival in San Antonio (16:57).
Fifty years ago, a protest of thousands of students in Mexico City ended with military tanks on the streets and hundreds dead. The Mexican government only recently recognized it ordered the killing of students on Oct. 2, 1968.
For the first time since the massacre, a government official called it a “crime of the state.”
The Texas Standard’s Joy Diaz explores the survivors’ healing process.
Día De Los Muertos: ‘It’s A Way of Celebrating … Life’
Día de los Muertos is a holiday that some say dates back to the Aztecs. It’s believed that this is the day spirits of loved ones cross into the land of the living to commune with their descendants.
Belinda Menchaca is education director at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, which works to preserve traditional and contemporary Latino arts and culture. Menchaca tells us the significance of the holiday and what it means from a cultural standpoint.
Some Hispanics of Mexican descent have never heard of Dia de los Muertos, or they simply never cared about it when they were children.
But as adults, some now appreciate the holiday for its cultural and spiritual beauty and for the potential it offers to connect them to others in their community. And the perfect place to make those connections is a Dia de los Muertos festival in downtown San Antonio. TPR's Lauren Terrazas takes us there.