On November 1, El Dia de los Muertos (or The Day of the Dead) unites the living and the dearly departed through remembrance. Altars are stacked with offerings, or ofrenda, of flowers, skulls and the favorite foods and drinks of the deceased. The skull, or calavera, is the symbol of the day. Skull masks are donned, chocolate and sugar skulls are exchanged between family and friends, and yummy pan de muerto is eaten. Dia de los Muertos traditions, popularized in Latin America and Mexico, vary from region to region, and even from family to family. But the objective is the same: to honor those who have passed on before us. An art exhibition capturing the essence of Dia de los Muertos is on display at the Bath House Cultural Center beginning Saturday. The 23rd Annual Dia de los Muertos Art Exhibition runs through November 14. Visit dallasculture.org/bathhouseculturalcenter.
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: Oct. 17. Continues through Nov. 14, 2009