Halloween isn’t the only holiday celebrating the dead. For millions of Americans, one of the most important holidays of the year is Día de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead. This traditional Mexican holiday is a time to pray for and remember friends and loved ones who have moved on, and to help support their journey into the spirit world. To bring this unique and colorful holiday to San Antonio, the Esperanza Center for Peace and Justice is hosting a Día de los Muertos celebration today sure to entertain and educate attendees of all ages.
The Esperanza Center’s Día de los Muertos celebration will include a wide variety of activities and exhibits. Starting at 3:00, the event will feature live performances throughout the evening from El Tallercito de Son, Conjunto Heritage Taller, Las Tesoros de San Antonio with Trio Cantares de Mi Tierra Belen Escobedo, Juan Tejeda & Armando Tejeda, Alyson Alonzo, Azul Barrientos, Roger Arocha y Su Conjunto, and Volcán.
Face painters will be on hand to transform children into traditional calaveras, or skulls, and there will be readings throughout the day of calavera poems that poke fun at the living and their untimely encounters with La Muerte, or Death. A huge display of community altars or ofrendas will be on display through tomorrow, November 2nd.
Local vendors will be on hand to sell their Día de los Muertos creations, and hot chocolate, tamales, and traditional pan de muerto will be sold. Admission to this vibrant event is free, but donations are encouraged to help support this and similar cultural events at the Esperanza Center. In addition to the Día de los Muertos celebration, the Esperanza Center will host a series of Day of the Dead workshops open to the community which will teach various aspects of this cultural tradition including how to make ofrendas/altares, paper flowers, and sugar skulls.