Dia de los Muertos: A Celebration of Life

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FORT WORTH, TX -- Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a traditional Latino holiday, rooted in Mexico, that's taken on a new life in the United States.

“Spanish culture starts with Dia de los Muertos; usually, it’s a three-day festival from October 31st to November 2nd," Adam Adolfo told NewsFix. Adolfo is the Art Director at the Artes de la Rosa. "It encapsulates many different Latin American countries.”

The three-day event celebrates family and those who have crossed to the other side. It is a time of reflection and respect for loved ones who have passed, an opportunity to honor their memory, and celebrate their spiritual journey.

The Artes de la Rosa in Fort Worth has a special exhibit that pays tribute to the tradition, rich in history and culture.

“It is a celebration of family. Much like the modern American Halloween is all about family, and trick-or-treating as a family – this has the same connotation, but in a much more spiritual manner," Adolfo explained.

“It’s called the calavera, which translates simply to the skull. It is an opportunity to address our physical self in this world and recognizing that there’s a world beyond this for us.”

In recent years, the acknowledgement of Dia de los Muertos has become more popular and present in U.S. culture and customs.

"This is a huge part of our Latino culture, so, we grew more fond of it we love the artistic side of it,” Alex Dominguez said.

The Dia de los Muertos exhibit is on loan from the Fort Worth Modern Museum of Art. The pieces were crafted by the Linares family from Mexico City and are over 35-years-old.

The exhibit runs through November 7th.

 

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