Dia de los Muertos

Decorative sugar skulls line the front of the colorful, four-tiered altar. Cempasúchiles in bloom are scattered between painted skeletons, unlit candles and plates of food resting on pink papel picado, an intricately designed tissue paper.

Three banners hang above the display. In the center, La Catrina, the female skeletal figure that has become an icon for the occasion, is painted with a declaration: Día De Muertos. Day of the Dead.

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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. 

Jack Morgan

An exhibition at the Institute of Texan Cultures honors those who have passed on. It's created by Artist David Zamora Casas, who definitely cuts a striking figure. When we met he was stylishly dressed, with a Salvador Dali-style mustache and wearing purple lipstick. His passion for detail shows also in his Time Before Memory exhibit.

"The installation I've created comes from my Rasquachismo aesthetic."

City Offers Family-Friendly Dia De Los Muertos Workshop

Oct 28, 2016

Next week the city will celebrate Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, but this weekend residents can get a taste for the festivities at several events around the Alamo City.

One family-friendly event is being hosted by the City of San Antonio and will include a cultural lesson in what the day is all about and the altars that people make to honor their loved ones who have died.

Jack Morgan

Dia De Los Muertos celebrations are popping up all over town.  Youth Arts organization Say Si puts one on every year and it's called Muertitosfest.