Festive Day of the Dead holiday celebrates life

By Ana Romero, Recreation Manager

Do you remember the movie, “Coco,” the box office hit from 2017? The 3D computer-animated fantasy was loaded with colors, festivities, skeletons, and the magical world of music.

The film was inspired by the traditional Mexican holiday Día de los Muertos — or Day of the Dead — which is celebrated Nov. 1-2 each year. 

Day of the Dead is a joyous occasion filled with traditions that honor loved ones who have passed away. The cultural holiday celebrates dying as just another part of life. It’s observed not only in Mexico but in many Latin American countries.  

Day of the Dead is like a family reunion where the dead ancestors are the guests of honor. People celebrate the deceased’s memories by building an ofrenda — or altar — with memorabilia, candles, flowers, and favorite foods and drinks. Ofrendas also feature calaveritas — skulls typically made from sugar or clay — to add a vibrant touch of color to the festivities. 

We invite you to celebrate the Day of The Dead with a free grab bag filled with facts, coloring sheets, and a fun craft. The bags have English and Spanish text and may be picked up at the Stephen C. Beachy Central Park Office from Monday through Friday next week between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 

If you call 979-764-3486 when you arrive, we’ll bring it out for curbside pickup.


About the Blogger Ana Romero is in her fourth year as recreation manager. She previously served the City of McAllen as recreation supervisor, community center manager, and aquatics superintendent. Ana earned a bachelor’s degree in Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences from Texas A&M in 2001.

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