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5 Places to Celebrate Dia de los Muertos in the Texas Hill Country

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El Dia de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead), a Mexican celebration, is a day to celebrate, remember, and prepare special foods in honor of those who have departed. On this day in Mexico, the streets near the cemeteries are filled with decorations of papel picado, flowers, candy calaveras (skeletons and skulls), and parades. It is believed that the spirit of the dead visit their families on October 31 and leave on November 2. In order to celebrate, the families make altars and place ofrendas (offerings) of food such as pan de muertos baked in shapes of skulls and figures, candles, incense, yellow marigolds known as cempazuchitl (also spelled zempasuchil) and most importantly a photo of the departed soul is placed on the altar.

Whether you celebrate the special day or just enjoy partaking in the festivities, the Hill Country has lots of unique Day of the Dead celebrations.

Here are 5 places in the Texas Hill Country to mark this special day in the Hispanic culture:

San Antonio DDLM

Photo: Facebook/Dia de los Muertos Celebration

October 28 and 29

Día de Los Muertos Celebration brings together traditional art and culture with the best in live music entertainment to create a two-day destination event for the City of San Antonio to celebrate the Day of the Dead. The event hosts a variety of activities over the weekend celebration including the largest open altar exhibition in the city.

Events are free and open to the public including live music at Arneson River Theater, original Day of the Dead art, living altar, dance, drum and puppet procession, live poetry and more!

New Braunfels DDLM
Photo: Facebook/New Braunfels Hispanic Business Alliance

October 28

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