Day of the Dead celebrations

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - In just a few days part of downtown Wichita Falls will be filled with color and life.

El Dia de los Muertos also known as the day of the dead is a tradition that started in Mexico and has been celebrated for thousands of years.

Alicia Duran with Potencia Projects said she took a part of this tradition at a young age.

"We titled it celebration of life because it's not like Halloween for Hispanics it's one of the most important holidays in our culture," Duran said.

Those who participate in this tradition set up an altar in their home filled with flowers, rosaries, sugar skulls and a photo of those who have passed.

"For my cousin who passed away this year, he was really infatuated with Chevy trucks so we are going to have little Chevy trucks and Chevy emblems because it was really important to him," Duran said.

Dr. Claudia Montoya, MSU Spanish associate professor, said although this tradition has changed throughout the years there is a specific flower that has stuck around for many years.

"The cempoalxochitl is yellow and they put it in the offerings because what the Aztecs particularly believe is that the cempoalxochitl were yellow and orange because they had taken their color from the sunlight," Montoya said.

Becky Raeke, 9th St. Studio owner, said this is a tradition that Potencia Projects and 9th St. Studios want everyone to experience this weekend at a celebration of life festival.

"It's going to be very festive," Raeke said. "Even though we are talking about the altars and the seriousness of that, it's a party it's a celebration of life."

The festival will take place Saturday at 4 p.m. on Travis St. between 8th and 9th street in downtown Wichita Falls.

There will be a costume contest and a dedicated area for those who would like to set up a traditional altar.

9th St. Studios will kick off the celebration on Friday at 7 p.m. with an art show inspired by Dia de los Muertos.

For more information on these events you can call 9th St. Studios at (940) 235-5700

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