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Old 11-01-2010, 09:27 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Yes, the imagery of Dia de los Muertos is quite macabre. But, it is actually quite a sweet holiday to me. You are remembering your loved ones, celebrating their memory.
...and "connecting" with them again.

I find it quite comforting, and respectful towards those who have passed on. To me it's a wonderful holiday, and I was hoping there would be more info concerning it in the local area. I guess maybe it's celebrated more in Mexico than here...
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Old 11-01-2010, 10:27 PM
 
Location: San Antonio-Westover Hills
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I'm going to make my own sugar skulls next year, I've already decided.
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Old 11-02-2010, 02:17 AM
 
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I was introduced to Dia de los Muertos in the 4th grade. I was lucky to have a teacher who loved to expose her students to all kinds of traditions. We even celebrated Mardi Gras with a King Cake and ate pan de muerto on Dia de los Muertos. Most of my classmates were Hispanic and already knew about the holiday. It's basically a clash of All Souls' Day and an Aztec festival honoring a goddess.
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Old 11-02-2010, 03:30 AM
 
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Well I was not questioning everyone but found it ironic that someone once mentioned the fact that our city has a "huge Mexican population and...that once was part of Mexico" and someone else responded with "what does that have to do with anything other than the reconquista movement?"

Or with the fact we celebrate Diez y Seis and someone seemed to criticize that by commenting "makes you wonder if they have parades in Maine for Canada Day."

Or again how someone commented that we "celebrate Cinco de Mayo so enthusiastically and we hardly give much thought in regard to April 21."

That was the date of the Battle of San Jacinto. Fact is that huge Fiesta deal we have every year is in honor of the memory of both the Battle of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto.
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Old 11-02-2010, 03:43 AM
 
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I know who you were talking about and my post wasn't in response to you, it was in response to the thread in general. I do not celebrate Dia de los Muertos and I have no plans to celebrate it in the future because I didn't grow up in that tradition and I'm not Catholic.
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Old 11-02-2010, 04:12 AM
 
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Well agreeing with you anyways (:

I am not Catholic, did not grow up celebrating it, and if I want pan de dulce there are a few panaderias in driving distance from my house that are open everyday throughout the year. I also do not actually begrudge anyone for wanting to celebrate it even if it is just making or buying candy.

If I want to feel closer to those who have passed on, on any special day, I would be much more inclinded to do it on Halloween as how the ancient Celts did it. In fact I thought heaps about my brother and grandfather on Halloween. I did not visit their graves but I did leave out some food that night but I knew the cats (or a skunk that has been skulking around) would get it eventually.

I guess that makes me pagan (:

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Old 11-02-2010, 10:22 AM
 
Location: South Side
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I'm going to the fireworks display hopefully tonite at Woodlawn (if it doesnt rain)
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Old 11-02-2010, 11:08 AM
 
Location: San Antonio-Westover Hills
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I love the ignore feature! It brings joy to my life. *happy sigh*

P.S. perticus, there are fireworks?!! Cool...
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Old 11-02-2010, 12:42 PM
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Some posts above were deleted. Debating the value and significance of this holiday is not a helpful tangent to those seeking celebrations of it in San Antonio. Stick to posting and discussing LOCAL celebrations here in this local forum.
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Old 11-02-2010, 12:56 PM
 
Location: South Side
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Planet K Texas Fireworks Dias De Los Muertos Celebration
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