Oak Cliff Coalition for the Arts

Calaveras Literarias are written to poke fun at friends. famous people, or elected officials. Calaveras literarias are never written about the deceased. Master Calavera Poet/Artist Nephtali de Leon will be the star of the evening. He will be reading from his extensive collection of calaveras literarias. Our very own local poets will also be reading their calaveritas.

Day of the Dead Music (Letra)  - traditional Dia de Muertos music and lyrics written for celebrating and remembering your loved ones.

About Calaveras and Day of the Dead.
“The Day of the Dead (el Día de los Muertos), is a Mexican holiday where families welcome back the souls of their deceased relatives for a brief reunion that includes food, drink and celebration. A blend of Mesoamerican ritual, European religion and Spanish culture, the holiday is celebrated each year from October 31- November 2. While October 31 is Halloween, November 1 is “el Dia de los Inocentes,” remembering/honoring the deceased infants/children, and also called All Saints Day. November 2 is All Souls Day or the Day of the Dead. According to tradition, the gates of heaven are opened at midnight on October 31 and the spirits of children can rejoin their families on Nov.1. The spirits of adults can do the same on November 2.” (From IMBD.com) Calaveras are skulls that are created in several forms such as sugar skulls, skull painted faces, literary skulls, music, cuisine (pan de muerto, calavera cookies) and more.