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Celebrating Día De Los Muertos In San Antonio

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Día De Los Muertos – also known as the "Day of the Dead" – is actually a multi-day tradition starting on Halloween, Oct. 31 and ending on All Soul's Day, Nov 2. 

The holiday, which originated in Mexico, formed as a mix of ancient indigenous and Christian practices over the years. The festivities, now observed worldwide, are held in honor of those who have died and the individual days are dedicated to sharing memories of loved ones.  

In modern interpretations, the celebrations are easily recognizable; iconized in calaveras or colorful skull imagery and ofrendas – altars of objects representing a person's life – but what is the historical meaning behind these tokens?

What is the cultural relevance of the holiday and how can San Antonians respectfully take part in Día De Los Muertos?

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For more information the "Viva Mi Cultura: Celebrando Dia de los Muertos" event, click here.
 
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Jan Ross Piedad is TPR’s News Operations Producer. In this role, she develops strategy on collaborative and digital initiatives for the station. Since 2016, Jan Ross has served in a coordinating capacity for TPR’s state and national partners, including The Texas Newsroom.