Oak Cliff Coalition for the Arts
About 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, skull poems, Day of the Dead cuisines (pan de muerto, calavera cookies) and more.
OCCA and AARP Texas are co-hosting Festival de Calaveras - Celebrating Day of the Dead in collaboration with the Latino Cultural Center. The event showcases the traditional Dia de Muertos Calaveras literarias (literary skulls), cuisine (traditional Day of the Dead food), and music.
Tasting of Traditional Dia de Muertos Cuisine. You will taste food including mole, squash medley, rice, beans, and tamales; you will also enjoy pan de Muerto, and OCCA curated marigold infused tequila, and more.
Music for Remembering the Dead. The most beloved songs will be interpreted by local vocalists and musicians.
Altar. The centerpiece in many homes is a Day of the Dead altar. We invite you to bring a photo of your loved one that has passed on and add it to the OCCA Community Altar.
Calaveras Literarias will be read poets. Calaveras Literarias are poems written about living people. The Calaveras poke fun at them and place them in funny situations. In the end, la Calaca or la Flaca, takes them away. It reminds us that we are mortal and should not fear death for it is an inevitable journey we must all take. Calaveritas by local poets will also be presented.
Store. You may purchase Day of the Dead products, merchandise, and an altar starter kit for your home.