San Antonio Day of the Dead

Created Thursday, 25 October 2007 20:31

The Day of the Dead is one of Mexico’s most interesting and cherished holidays, popularized and known for its dolls, art, parades, and feasts that characterize the festival. In parts of the United States, which have large Mexican populations, the celebrationCreated Thursday, 25 October 2007 20:31 is gaining popularity and renown, and is becoming well-known. Here in San Antonio, the holiday is being celebrated by businesses, groups, and citizens more than ever, and is a one of San Antonio’s most exciting holidays.

The Day of the Dead is traditionally a happy, festive occasion, where family members choose to celebrate the lives of deceased loved ones. Although, to some, it may appear as morbid to have a picnic at night in a graveyard, but for the celebrants, it is a chance to remember and commune with those who have passed on, as well as to clean the graveyard, and tombstones. Although in Mexico, it is not uncommon for people to spend the entire night in the graveyard, in the United States, the celebration is normally more symbolic.

The celebration of the holiday on November 1-2, falls close to Halloween and also several old pagan harvest rituals, which helps explain its origins. Although not celebrated in all parts of Latin America, many countries such as Guatemala, Brazil, and Haiti, and has spread to such diverse parts of the world as the Philippines, Czech Republic, and other parts of Europe.

Here in San Antonio, the trappings of the celebration have been showing up throughout the city over the past month, and preparations have been underway for quite some time. Here is a list of some of the major attractions and events that will take place over the next few days.

· Blue Star Contemporary Art Center: Some of San Antonio’s most talented artists will display their altars, paintings, and other artifacts which celebrate the occasion. The opening reception will take place on November 1, from 7-11 PM. 3316 Oakwell Ct.

· Centro Cultural Aztlan: This is the 30th annual celebration of the Dia de los Muertos, and will feature traditional and modern displays on exhibit. Exhibition opens on Nov. 2, 6-9 PM, with daily viewings from 9 AM- 5 PM. 1800 Fredericksburg Rd., Deco Bldg.

· SAY Si: The three-day event features workshops, live music, dance performances, art exhibits, and plenty of food. The event starts Nov. 1, 6-10 PM, at 1518 S. Alamo St.

· Conjunto Heritage Taller: Alter and musical celebration is dedicated to the Conjuntos who have passed on. This event is usually standing room only, and features great live music, delicious food, and plenty of art. Visitors are welcome to bring their own music instruments and join the jam! Nov. 2, 6-10 PM. 1014 S. Prensa St.

The Day of the Dead is one of Mexico’s most colorful and unique holidays, and presents a chance to enjoy San Antonio’s creative and artistic community, and to take part in one of the city’s more interesting cultural events.

The Day of the Dead is one of Mexico’s most interesting and cherished holidays, popularized and known for its dolls, art, parades, and feasts that characterize the festival. In parts of the United States, which have large Mexican populations, the celebrationCreated Thursday, 25 October 2007 20:31 is gaining popularity and renown, and is becoming well-known. Here in San Antonio, the holiday is being celebrated by businesses, groups, and citizens more than ever, and is a one of San Antonio’s most exciting holidays.

The Day of the Dead is traditionally a happy, festive occasion, where family members choose to celebrate the lives of deceased loved ones. Although, to some, it may appear as morbid to have a picnic at night in a graveyard, but for the celebrants, it is a chance to remember and commune with those who have passed on, as well as to clean the graveyard, and tombstones. Although in Mexico, it is not uncommon for people to spend the entire night in the graveyard, in the United States, the celebration is normally more symbolic.

The celebration of the holiday on November 1-2, falls close to Halloween and also several old pagan harvest rituals, which helps explain its origins. Although not celebrated in all parts of Latin America, many countries such as Guatemala, Brazil, and Haiti, and has spread to such diverse parts of the world as the Philippines, Czech Republic, and other parts of Europe.

Here in San Antonio, the trappings of the celebration have been showing up throughout the city over the past month, and preparations have been underway for quite some time. Here is a list of some of the major attractions and events that will take place over the next few days.

· Blue Star Contemporary Art Center: Some of San Antonio’s most talented artists will display their altars, paintings, and other artifacts which celebrate the occasion. The opening reception will take place on November 1, from 7-11 PM. 3316 Oakwell Ct.

· Centro Cultural Aztlan: This is the 30th annual celebration of the Dia de los Muertos, and will feature traditional and modern displays on exhibit. Exhibition opens on Nov. 2, 6-9 PM, with daily viewings from 9 AM- 5 PM. 1800 Fredericksburg Rd., Deco Bldg.

· SAY Si: The three-day event features workshops, live music, dance performances, art exhibits, and plenty of food. The event starts Nov. 1, 6-10 PM, at 1518 S. Alamo St.

· Conjunto Heritage Taller: Alter and musical celebration is dedicated to the Conjuntos who have passed on. This event is usually standing room only, and features great live music, delicious food, and plenty of art. Visitors are welcome to bring their own music instruments and join the jam! Nov. 2, 6-10 PM. 1014 S. Prensa St.

The Day of the Dead is one of Mexico’s most colorful and unique holidays, and presents a chance to enjoy San Antonio’s creative and artistic community, and to take part in one of the city’s more interesting cultural events.

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