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Día de los Muertos

Date: Nov 01, 2023
Time: 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

A GARLAND STORY: #DiaGarland

Join us in honoring past loved ones at this FREE event with performances by Los Matachines, Mexico 2000, various GISD and I.L. Texas student performances from Mariachi to Ballet Folklorico, and much more! The festivities also include food trucks, bounce houses, an Artisan Market, altar displays, and Día t-shirts available to purchase.

Don't forget to ride DART to the Downtown Garland Station. For more information, visit the DART website.

Location(s): 
Granville Arts Center - 972-205-2790

What Is The Day Of The Dead?

A time to celebrate the memory of loved ones who have passed away.

How Long Has This Tradition Been Around?

It's been around since the Spanish brought Catholicism to the Americas. It derives from All Souls Day, a Catholic feast day that celebrates all of the souls who have passed on who are believed to be saints (anyone who goes to heaven).Naturally, this tradition, mixed with existing customs in the Americas, is how we celebrate Día de los Muertos today.

What Customs Are Observed?

Customarily people go to cemeteries where their loved ones are buried and clean up their graves our headstones and sometimes even celebrate there. They meet up with other family members who also come to do the same. Another very common practice, especially in Mexico, is to have an ofrenda, or offering, on an altar. This usually includes photographers of deceased loved ones, their favorite foods, decoration such as skeletons representing them and their profession, flowers, candles, and incense.


Is it Mexico's version of Halloween?

This is not Mexico's version of Halloween even though in some ways it has the same roots. Halloween was originally All Hallows Eve, which is the day before All Souls Day. While Halloween centers around the spooky and scary, Dia de los Muertos centers around remembrance, family, and community. Dia de los Muertos is much closer to Memorial Day in that there is a day, time, and place set aside each year to look back, to think about, and remember those we have lost. Getting together to talk about them, the things they loved, and sharing old stories and anecdotes.

"Why are you celebrating death?"

We celebrate the lives of the people who have died. It's a more open approach to a topic that people in the United States associate with fear and sadness. Death waits for no man, and instead of fearing it, this celebration highlights a different aspect of grief, that they are gone but we still remember. That one day we will be gone too, but we will still be remembered by our loved ones, and the ones we walked through life with.


Día Garland Shirts

We reached out to our local artist community for help to create a t-shirt design for the 2021 Día festival. The selected design was created by Susie Cortez, one of the artists who painted the dumpsters during Big Art Day 2021.

Event t-shirts will be available for purchase during the event at the Visit Garland booth. They will also be available for purchase at the Visitor Information Center located at 211 N. Fifth St. during their business hours.

The Visitor Information Center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and closes from 12 to 1 p.m. for lunch.

Community and Pet Altars

The community and attendees are encouraged to bring a 4x6 picture to add to the community alters. Images need to be copies of a photo as they will not be returned.

The altars will be displayed at the Granville Arts Center from November 1 through November 10.

Dia de los Muertos
Nov 01, 2023 | 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
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