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Día de los Muertos

photo by Edward Benavides

photo by Edward Benavides


Dia De Los Muertos Celebration

Sunday, October 30, 2016

3:00 – 8:00 pm

Galería Guadalupe

Free and open to the public!

Participate in art-making workshops, face-painting, a peace and remembrance procession, and visit community altars while enjoying pan de muerto y chocolate. Performances include the Guadalupe Dance Company and Academy, Grupo Animo, Barrio Writers Youth Writing Group, and Mariachi Guadalupe.

3:00 – 4:00 pm Barrio Writers Free Reading

Guadalupe Theater (1301 Guadalupe Street)

3:00 – 8:00 pm Community Altar Viewing

Galería (723 S. Brazos)

4:00 – 6:00 pm Arts & Crafts Workshop

Galería Parking Lot (723 S. Brazos)

6:00 – 8:00 pm Live Performances

Featuring: Grupo Animo, Mariachi Academy, Guadalupe Dance Company and Academy

Galería Parking Lot (723 S. Brazos)


Altar Exhibition

Galería Guadalupe

Come visit Día de los Muertos altars in the Galería Guadalupe created by a variety of artists, families, and organizations, including guest artist Jorge Piña.


Dia De Los Muertos Altars:

Alycya Magaña


Dr. Ruben Cordova

Kristel Orta Puente & Fabian Alejandro Diaz

Jorge Piña

JT Brackenridge Elementary, SAISD

Linda Camacho

Martinez Street Women’s Center

Olivia Garza

Raul Servin

Rosie De La Haya 

San Antonio Eye Bank

Tafolla Middle School, SAISD

Theresa Solis Camero


Sponsored by GCAC partners AARP San Antonio and HEB.


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Key Components of a Traditional Dia de los Muertos Altar

  • Levels:  An altar can have two, three or seven levels. They represent the levels the soul must go through to get to final rest.
  • Image of loved one
  • Star shaped or regular lamp:  To help the soul finds its home.
  • Colorful papel picado:  The union between life and death. The traditional day of the dead colors are orange, black, purple and yellow.
  • Food:  To celebrate the arrival of the spirits we offer favorite dishes, which can include alcohol, cigarettes and sweets.
  • Incense or copal:  To make the evil spirits go away
  • Salt:  Purifies the soul and avoids corruption
  • Cross made of lime (calcium oxide, not the fruit) on the floor:  Represents the four cardinal points to guide the soul.
  • Ash cross:  Cleanses the soul from its wrong-doings.
  • Flower path to the altar:  Guides the soul to the offering.
  • Toys:  To entertain the soul of children
  • Candles and veladoras:  Help the spirt ascend, a symbol of love that guides the soul to the altar. The candles can be purple or white which represent mourning and purity.
  • Personal belongings:  May be photos or objects that the dearly departed used.
  • Water glass:  For the thirsty soul to replenish before its journey back.
  • Pan de muerto:  Represents the generosity of he/she whom receives the soul and the gift of earth itself.
  • Flowers:  The smell of zempoaxóchitl guides spirits to this world.
  • Sugar skulls:  Represent the loved ones who have passed away.
  • Basin:  For the soul to wash his or her hands after the long journey.