Bishops Arts District Hosts Dia De Los Muertos Festival!

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DALLAS -- When it comes to Spanish culture, Dia de los Muertos has a little more to it than just sugar skull face paint.

The celebration is usually a three-day festival; from the October 31st to November 2nd in many Latin American countries. But the tradition actually originated in Mexico.

"It marked a new era when the Españole’s conquered Mexico. Since then, Day of the Dead existed. Especially the bread, the pan de muerto represents the body of the beloved ones we pray for during the festivities,” says Manuel Tellez, owner of Maroches Bakery.

The festivities go on all throughout Central America, as well as the United States. They have even made their way to the Bishop Arts District in Dallas for the annual "Dia de los Muertos Festival."

"This is the third year that I’ve done the Day of the Dead, I met Manual here in Oak Cliff at his bakery and he invited me to come and participate and I’ve had a business selling things from Oaxaca for probably about 8 years,” says Delia Beltran, a local vendor.

Day of the dead is kind of like Halloween in the states but a little more spiritual.

"As you can see at the altar de muertos, it’s a collective from different artists, different people gathering together photos, different art from parents, grandfathers, and nephews.  Some of them have passed away but this is the art they did when they were alive,” says Tellez.

With all proceeds for the event going to Oak Cliff non-profits, it looks like everyone will be in good spirits.