This year, the City of Edinburg and the Museum of South Texas History present: Dia de los Muertos: Los Muertos Bailan, a two-week celebration of the Day of the Dead. The event will be virtual from now through November 1st on Facebook Live.
The first week kicked off Monday, Oct. 19, with a beautiful “Azteca Mexica” Dance to commemorate the pre-Hispanic origins of the celebration of the Day of the Dead.
Through Friday, October 23rd at 6 p.m., the City will host a Family Day of the Dead Crafts and Traditions segment. The community can learn about the various Altar traditions through a series of video segments presented by UTRGV’s Center for Latin American Arts. Each segment will also include a portion of a “Tour of Edinburg” with beautiful Catrinas. Feast your eyes on the lovely Catrinas while enjoying the City’s iconic locations. Each day we will have new Catrinas and new locations.
On Tuesday, Oct. 20, enjoy a “Catrina Makeup Workshop” as our presenter will give you a step by step tutorial on how to create your own sugar skull face. This makeup session is sure to inspire you to dress up and participate in our Catrina costume contest. Following the makeup session, stay tuned and learn more about family altars and learn how to create your own “Retablo” picture frame to include in your altar.
On Wednesday, Oct. 21, join us for Tradiciones Origen, símbolos y leyendas populares in Spanish, sit as a family, and enjoy the stories presented by Wendy Lara’s Catrina Garbancera. This Spanish story hour is for the whole family to enjoy. Following the stories, stayed tuned and learn how to make the “Flor de Cempasuchil” or Marigold flowers to adorn your family altar and home.
On Thursday, Oct. 22, enjoy traditional dance performances by Conceptos Entidad and learn how to make your own rock “Calaverita”. Rock painting is all the rage again…and a rock sugar skull is a fun way to join the fun and celebrate the Day of the Dead.
On Friday, Oct. 23, the family can enjoy a Catrina Costume Exhibition and the beauty of Mexico’s traditional dances performed by STC Ballet Folklorico. Following the dance performance, stay tuned and learn how to paint a family friendly and fun version of “La Catrina”.
Saturday, Oct. 24, performances will start at 4 p.m. with the Catrin and Catrina costume contest followed by La Catrina Hinovadora by Raquel Hinojosa, dance performance by Danzart Centro Dancistico and a performance by Mariachi Continental.
Also, available during the week, a special workshop will take place via zoom, “Miniature Altars: Honoring Memories” by Suanne Goings who will virtually guide you to honoring our dearly departed and creating a keepsake in their memory. The workshop is on a first come first serve basis with a limit of 15 individuals and you can register on the main Festival Page. The workshop will be a safe environment to share and heal.
The second week of Dia de Los Muertos: Los Muertos Bailan programming will kick off on Oct. 25 at 2 p.m. with the Sunday Speaker Series Online presentation, “Reflecting on Día de Los Muertos: Life, Healing and Family” featuring anthropology professor Dr. Servando Hinojosa from UTRGV. This presentation is scheduled to broadcast live on the museum’s Facebook page. Viewers are encouraged to post questions and comments during the presentation.
Monday, Oct. 26, participate in “Día de Los Muertos Craft Day,” The first live presentation, “Calaveritas,” starts at 2 p.m., and the second presentation, “Papel Picado” follows at 4 p.m. on Facebook Live. Sugar skull workshop materials can be picked up at the Museum of South Texas History. Sugar Skull Kits are free, provided by HEB, and can be picked up on October 24th from 12 noon to 2 pm. Kits are on a first come first serve basis.
Three educational presentations are scheduled to broadcast live Oct. 27 to Oct. 29 on the museum’s Facebook page: Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 10 a.m. - “Accessing Digital Altar Exhibit,” will outline the process of how to honor and celebrate an honoree using the Día de Los Muertos Digital Altar Exhibit submission form.
Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 6 p.m. - “Día de Los Muertos as a Cultural Cornerstone,” will present the traditions and evolving elements of Día de Los Muertos.
Thursday, Oct. 29 at 6 p.m. - “Create A Día de Los Muertos Home Altar,” will summarize the history of home altars and ofrendas. This presentation will be bilingual and is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29.
The weekend kicks off with music and dance performances in the live broadcast titled, “Honoring Los Muertos with Dance & Music.” Performances are scheduled for Friday,
Oct. 30, starting at 6 p.m. The live video stream will feature performances from local musicians and dancers on Facebook Live.
Sit with family or friends and listen to folklore stories during the online presentation, “Ghosts of Rio Grande Valley,” featuring author Dr. David Bowles. Gather round at 6 p.m. Oct. 31 to hear the borderland stories of leyendas.
“Digital Altar Exhibit Reception,” a Sunday Speaker Series Online presentation, will end the two-week programming. This live broadcast will start at 2 p.m. Nov. 1, on Facebook Live. Museum staff will reflect with community members who have participated in the museum’s Día de Los Muertos community altar exhibit in previous years. Other guests will feature digital altar exhibit honorees, a note about the Bearing Witness Initiative, and other reflections.