POSTCARD from San Antonio

¡Feliz Dia de Los Muertos!

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Usually a fountain, this memorial honors many loved ones at La Villita in San Antonio.

On a recent trip to San Antonio, I was thrilled to go to a street festival marking El Dia de Los Muertos. The Day of the Dead, celebrated in Mexico and everywhere Mexicans live, takes place Nov. 1-2. Although it bears a resemblance to Halloween, it’s not the same. Like All Saints Day and All Souls Day celebrated in Christian churches, this one pays homage to deceased family members. Honestly, I can’t do justice to the day. For a better explanation go here.

The celebration includes lots of memorials to lost loved ones. There was plenty of color, good food and music, but the memorials offered a sobering tribute. I stopped to see the photographs, the flowers and candles, the bright colors and the offerings of food.

The place was packed the weekend before Halloween. Families with little children, clusters of friends. It was fun to mingle with the revelers, hear snippets of Spanish, listen to the music and join in the celebration.

Ⓒ Text and photo by Mary K. Tilghman

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