Día de los Muertos really should be called Días de los Muertos, since it’s an event that happens over several days. In Mexico, Día de los Muertos is (mostly) celebrated on November 1st and 2nd. The holiday is when family and friends honor theose who have died. There’s a celebration with flowers and music and food. And, yes, calaveras and ofrendas.
If you’re hoping for a more detailed explanation of the holiday, you’ve come to the wrong place. I honestly don’t remember all that much about the origins of the holdiay. And it wasn’t a big celebration in the northern part of Mexico where my family lived, so I never had the experience of the big town-wide celebration that everyone sees in movies. I’ll point you to the wikipedia page on the topic for a more in-depth look at what it is.
What I do know is that Día de los Muertos has become as popular in the US as Halloween. And every year there seem to be more events in Houston where we can indulge in the different aspects of the holiday, frrom altares and ofrendas to processions and skulls. Here are just a few to check out.
Exhibit: Myths and Legends of the Graveyard on view October 1 to November 2, 2015. This event will take place at National Museum of Funeral History, located at 415 Barren Springs Drive, Houston, TX 77090.
MECA Día de los Muertos Ofrenda Exhibit on October 12 to November 20, 2015. MECA Houston is located at 1900 Kane St., Houston, TX 77007.
MECA Día de los Muertos Opening Reception on October 16, 2015 at 7 pm. MECA Houston is located at 1900 Kane St., Houston, TX 77007.
Exhibit “Sueños de Muertos” on view at Talento Bilingüe de Houston October 22 to November 3, 2015. Talento Bilingüe de Houston is located at 333 S Jensen Dr., Houston, TX 77003.
Opening Reception for Exhibit “Sueños de Muertos” on Thursday, October 22, 2015 at 6 pm. Talento Bilingüe de Houston is located at 333 S Jensen Dr., Houston, TX 77003.
MECA Houston presents Calavera Rendezvous on Friday, October 23, 2015 at 7 pm. MECA Houston is located at 1900 Kane St., Houston, TX 77007.
Musical & Literary Ofrenda on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at 5:30 pm. This event will be held at Lawndale Art Center, located at 4912 Main St., Houston, TX 77002.
Exhibit: Día de los Muertos in the East End 2015 on October 30 to November 13, 2015. On view at East End Studio Gallery, located at 708C Telephone Rd., Houston, Texas 77023.
Día de los Muertos Altar Reception and Procession at Casa Ramirez on Saturday, October 31, 2015 at 5 pm. Casa Ramirez FOLKART Gallery is located at 241 W 19th St., Houston, Texas 77008.
Halloween + Día de los Muertos Downtown Festival on Saturday, October 31, 2015 beginning at 11 am. The festival will be held on the (blocked) street surrounding El Big Bad, 419 Travis, Houston TX.
Día de los Muertos Celebration at the National Museum of Funeral History on Sunday, November 1, 2015. This event will take place at National Museum of Funeral History, located at 415 Barren Springs Drive, Houston, TX 77090.
2nd Annual Día de los Muertos Fun Run on Sunday, November 1, 2015 at 8 am. This event will be held at Multicultural Education and Counseling through the Arts (MECA), 1900 Kane St., Houston, Texas 77007 … though you’ll have to get the run route from them.
Día de los Muertos at Traders Village on Sunday, November 1, 2015. This event will be held at Traders Village, located at 7979 N. Eldridge Rd., Houston, Texas 77041.
MECA Día de los Muertos Festival on Saturday, November 7, 2015 & Sunday, November 8, 2015. MECA Houston is located at 1900 Kane St., Houston, TX 77007.
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ADDED: For more Día de los Muertos event, check out 365 Things in Houston’s “Paint your face at Dia de los Muertos events around Houston.” They have a few events that didn’t make it into our list in time to publish.
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