Día de los Muertos an occasion to celebrate

Día de los Muertos an occasion to celebrate

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

The death of a loved one translates across all  cultures and it's a Mexican tradition to celebrate and honor those who have passed. Despite the association with death El día de los muertos is a joyous celebration. It's celebrated every November 2nd following the day of all the saints.

"El dia de los muertos is an occasion for families principally to celebrate or mark the passing of their loved ones," said associate professor of history at Texas Tech University Zachary Brittsan. 

The number one staple is the altar. It's usually built in the home or at the grave site and is uniquely designed with bright colors. It also includes candles, flowers,rosaries, and most importantly a picture of the family member they are honoring. It's intended to be a welcoming space. 

"The offerings that are brought can vary widely depending on the family often times the food and the drink that is placed at the altar reminds the living of the person they are celebrating and establishes a connection and its also something that might draw the soul of the person back to commune with the living," said Brittsan. 

This tradition was transformed during the early 20th century when Mexican artists began incorporating calacas or skeleton figures and catrines into their art and for Mexicans and Mexican Americans celebrating this tradition provides a connection to their home and culture. The Lubbock community is also celebrating El día de los muertos this weekend below is a list of events you can attend. 

Procesi?n at the Buddy Holly Center
November 3, 2017

The Buddy Holly Center annually participates in Lubbock's citywide observance of the Mexican holiday, Día de los Muertos, by serving as a host location for Procesi?n with the TTU International Cultural Center, TTU School of Art and the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts (LHUCA). Procesi?n will be Friday, November 3, 2017, from 5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. between the four locations, and is free to the public.

Procesi?n schedule:
TTU International Cultural Center: 5:30 p.m. -6:30 p.m.
TTU School of Art: 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
LHUCA: 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Buddy Holly Center: 6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

5K Fun Run Celebrating Día de los Muertos 

Sunday November 5th 

https://runsignup.com/Race/Events/TX/Lubbock/2017DDLM


 

 

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