Remembering the "Day of the Dead" 2013

By Cynthia Garcia and Christina Miralla
|  Friday, Oct 18, 2013  |  Updated 12:18 PM CDT
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Dia de los Muertos; The Day of the Dead

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Detail of figurines on sale for the Day of the Dead celebration, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico, North America

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Dia de los Muertos Mask Making

Karla Ceballos, also known as Karla Arte, talks about a mask making workshop for Dia de los Muertos in Oak Cliff.
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Día de los Muertos -- the Day of the Dead --  is a Mexican holiday, celebrating and remembering the life of the dead throughout the month of October. Remembering loved ones through art, stories and food is tradition.

Colorfully dressed skeletons, decorated skulls, and "altares" designed to remember loved ones have become chic accessories to Día de los Muertos.

People in Latin communities will be putting their "altares" up on the days following Halloween. The "altares" are adorned with the traditional marigold flowers and with pictures of the person who passed away and with "nichos" (dioramas) representing the person's profession. 

Many put out the person's favorite food and drink and, of course, candles. Beautifully dressed skeletons to represent the joyful afterlife, colorfully decorated skulls with butterflies or hummingbirds to represent the soul leaving the body and "papel picado" (paper mache) will wrap up the finishing touches. The "altares" can be as simple or as elaborate as the family wants it to be. 
 
Here is a list of some of the Día de los Muertos celebrations in North Texas:

27th Annual Día de los Muertos Exhibition
October 12 through 16
Bath House Cultural Center
White Rock Lake
BathHouseCultural.com

Día de los Muertos Altar Exhibit
La Gran Plaza de Fort Worth
October 18 through 22 - 12 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Location: Behind the MetroPCS Stage
Illustrating our cultural pride and rich tradition with our "Altar de Muertos" located by the MetroPCS Stage. Each piece of this altar was made especially for the La Gran Plaza. The Skulls and Catrinas were made by artist Mirna del Valle, a graduate of the University of Guadalajara in Mexico and specializing in painting and sculpture. The altar is truly a work of art and was constructed by a local craftsman and in October.
LaGranPlazaMall.com

Día de los Muertos Workshops
October 19 & 26 - 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
City of Dallas - Office of Cultural Affairs
The Oak Cliff Cultural Center honors those who have departed with workshops and a Dia de los Muertos celebration, as part of the Center's Hispanic Heritage month festivities. The Center will hold workshops in making sugar skulls and skeletons, the workshops are free, but space is limited.
DallasCulture.org

Día de los Muertos Festival
October 26 at 11 a.m.
Latino Cultural Center, 2600 Live Oak in Dallas, TX
The Latino Cultural Center will celebrate its annual Día de los Muertos celebration on Saturday, Oct. 26. This day-long celebration will take a new spin on the classic festival. Enjoy craft workshops, a special presentation by Alegre Ballet Folklórico, Aztec dancers, and music on the plaza.
Dallas Culture.org

Día de los Muertos Miniweek
October 26 through November 2
Latino Cultural Center
The LCC honors the Día de los Muertos tradition with our annual festival and community gallery exhibition. Local artists are invited to create their own altars, and the community is invited to decorate and submit artwork during the week of the festival.
DallasCulture.org

Día de los Muertos Celebration
November 1 - 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
City of Dallas - Office of Cultural Affairs
The Dia de los Muertos festivities include performances by Alegre Ballet Folklorico and Cuicani In Xochitl. Day of the Dead bread will be provided by Panaderia Balderas as well as hot chocolate from Coco Andre. It's free and open to the public.
DallasCulture.org

Día de los Muertos
November 2 - 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Rose Marine Theatre - Fort Worth
Celebrate Dia de los Muertos with our annual celebration featuring a drum and puppet procession from Marine Park to the Rose Marine Theater Plaza. Complete with music, dancing, face painting and pan de muerto, this family event is a perfect way to celebrate the rich Mexican culture.
ArtesdelaRosa.org

Día de los Muertos
November 2 - 7 p.m.
Fort Worth Community Arts Center
Sol de Fort Worth Ballet Folklorico presents Dia de los Muertos in the Scott Theatre. Presale general admission tickets are $12 while the price at the door is $15.
ArtandSeek.org or SolFW.com

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