Day of the Dead is a Tradition in Dallas


Day of the Dead is a Tradition in Dallas It may be for cultural tradition, others to honor their deceased loved ones and others only because it has become popular.

Many celebrate this week the Day of the Dead, a day that honors the legacy of the deceased, with several exhibits, altars, and processions.

Day of the Dead is a Tradition in Dallas
Mikaela Gonzales, 8, looks at a work of art on display during the opening reception for the Day of the Dead: Eternal Melody in the Bath House Cultural Center on October 12 in Dallas.

In Latin America, the Day of the Dead is celebrated between October 31 and November 2, depending on the country.

The Mexican tradition is perhaps the most widespread and is reflected locally. It is a custom where the prehispanic culture and Catholicism is mixed, said Tiffany Powell, coordinator of the Club of anthropology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

“The day (of the Dead) is a way to celebrate our ancestors … our focus is to demonstrate our past to know our future” was right. “Our students love it.”

For a decade, the Southern Methodist University has celebrated the Day of the Dead with dinner and this year with the participation of representatives from other departments of foreign languages, Spanish, and Latin American university clubs. Students and taxpayers to arrange an altar and celebrate together, Powell said.

According Cora Cardona, founder and artistic director of Teatro Dallas, his group was the first cultural organization that initiated this celebration in Dallas in 1986.

“No one at that time knew what it was, or knew him. Even Mexican Americans or Chicanos were surprised to see (the work), “he said of the play” The Day of the Dead “.

From the beginning, the focus of Cardona was to preserve the tradition of the Day of the Dead.

Cardona said that habit now continues Bath House Cultural Center.

Enrique Fernández Cervantes, the curator of the Bath House Cultural Center, said that was previously difficult to explain to the artists which meant the celebration.

“I had to explain (them) that has nothing to do with the Day of the Witches, and it was not something fearful. In the last three or four years, most artists understand the concept. ”

Every year, the exhibition focuses on a contemporary element.

This year, the focus is music, he said.

In the Latino Cultural Center will also present its ninth festival “Remembering Our Heritage”. Hortencia Rubalcava, cultural programs coordinator said the celebration is part of the history of the cultural center that opened in 2003.

“Every year we do something different with different artists from the community,” he said of the festival that includes music, a workshop with confetti and dances.

Rubalvaca said that more and more people “want to know about the tradition, want to see the altars and offerings.”

The Dallas Museum of Art will have activities to celebrate the Day of the Dead this year.

Lydia Varela, the owner of your business in Dallas, got to know the celebration 15 years ago. She did not grow up in the Catholic religion and said he had only heard about the celebrations of the Day of All Saints.

“Now I think the Day of the Dead is popular because Latin is popular, making up the Catrina (Mexican Calavera) is popular,”

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