What is Día de los Muertos?
If you’ve started noticing papel picado, sugar skulls and marigolds around town, it’s all about the season of Día de los Muertos.
Día de los Muertos means “Day of the Dead” in Spanish, and is actually a celebration of life and mortality. The holiday originated more than 3,000 years ago in the central and southern regions of Mexico and Central America.
Today, it’s celebrated from Oct. 31 through Nov. 2. Día de los Muertos was originally celebrated during the ninth month of the Aztec calendar but after the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors, it became a blend of indigenous and Catholic traditions and now falls on All Saints and All Souls days.
If you’re looking for ways to celebrate, or hands-on ways to learn about the festivities, here are three places to start:
The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History opened an exhibit on Día de los Muertos on Oct. 27 with hands-on activities in its Innovation Studios so that visitors can learn more about the holiday. The exhibit isn’t closing this weekend. The museum will also have screenings of the Pixar film “Coco” this weekend in its Omni Theater. Catch a Spanish-language screening on Sunday.
Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
1600 Gendy St., Fort Worth
Artes de la Rosa Cultural Center for the Arts
Saturday, Artes de la Rosa will host its annual Día de los Muertos Festival with its own art exhibition, craft activities and face painting. There will be a mariachi and drum procession from Marine Park to Mercado Plaza in the city’s north side as well as live performances and a community altar for guests to honor their loved ones. Admission is free.
Día de los Muertos Festival
5:30 p.m.-10 p.m. Saturday
1440 N. Main St., Fort Worth
The local grassroots coalitions United Fort Worth and the Arlington-based Mavericks United have organized a two-day event called Viviendo Separados — Por la Deportación y Otras Fronteras. The exhibition at the Fort Worth creative space will allow visitors to interact with the artists showcasing their work. Each display will be a tribute to loved ones who live apart due to borders, deportation or death while migrating, according to a news release.
The event is free and visitors are encouraged to bring photos of family members who live far away or across borders to place on a public altar.
Viviendo Separados — Por la Deportación y Otras Fronteras
7 p.m.-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday
1105 Peach St., Fort Worth