Out & About: Dia de los Muertos
By Noel Daniel
It was a night of love, loss, and celebration there in the Tenth Street Plaza. During the day, the streets buzzed with activity—fair booths, a stage for dances, and tables for meals which honored those who had passed. There were also, perhaps most importantly, memorial altars. The altars were ponderous with snacks for the spirits, from tamales and yams to beer cans and sweets.
At first blush, the festivities might seem to be a celebration of death—but more than anything, it’s a celebration of family, born of a Mexican and Spanish tradition to honor those who’ve departed. It was a beautiful ceremony, for a truly beautiful tradition.