Sir Austin loves his holidays and embraces every aspect of Austin culture, especially the rich Hispanic heritage that permeates throughout the area. Being the best Austin moving company has it’s constraints because our movers are always pushed to the limit but Sir never schedules moves on one of his favorite holidays, Dia De Los Muertos, or ‘Day Of The Dead’. The holiday is celebrated throughout Mexico and other Latin American nations. It’s that time of the year when we have a party-like atmosphere across Austin, with processions, vigils, and events spread over a period of two weeks. This festival celebrates the city’s beautiful multi-ethnic heritage.
During this time we have theatrical performances, religious ceremonies, concerts and many more soul moving events. “Días” de los Muertos is a Latin-themed annual event which blends the fun and games of Halloween with the gravitas of paying homage for friends and family who have moved on. Latinos are a very important part of Austin and this holiday is a special moment for them. But the appeal of Dia de los Muertos extends beyond racial lines. It’s actually a very commercial holiday which sees a lot of involvement from advertisers and marketers and gets a great deal of corporate sponsorship from major companies such as Disney. No other city celebrates this festival as wildly as Austin does, with participation from scores of locals and visitors.
Día de los Muertos is also known as the Day of the Dead and is celebrated on November 2 in Spain, Mexico, South America and Central America. It is also celebrated in the United States, which has a large immigrant community that hails from Mexico and South America. It is a celebration of life, where departed family members are honored. There is music and dancing everywhere, altars are made for the recently departed and colorful cut paper banners named Papel Picado are hanged.
Everyone is in their most imaginative costume and makeup during the festival. Día de los Muertos costumes are worn by tens of thousands of people participating in the parades and celebrations. A number of beautiful women can be found dressed as the Lady of the Dead or Catrina, which is an important symbol of the Día de los Muertos holiday. Catrina is a beautiful and stylishly dressed skeleton figure. She was brought to life by the great artist Jose Guadalupe Posada through his paintings. She is a representation of the Lady of Mictlan, the goddess of the underworld and Mictecacihuatl, the goddess of death.
Calavera or “skull” as it is referred to, is an important symbol during the festival, which is represented in the form of sugar skulls, face paintings and a series of artwork.
The Day of the Dead altar is an important tradition for the whole family where everyone gets together to honor the memories of much loved members of the family. Symbolic offerings or ofrendas are placed on the altar, such as photos, fresh flowers, sugar skulls, water, Pan De Muerto and salt.
Pan De Muerto, which is translated as “bread of the dead”, is made by local bakeries in Austin during the festival. It is the traditional Mexican sweet bread and is made in several different shapes and sizes. Pan De Muerto is offered to loved ones who have moved to the other side of life as a mark of respect.
Being a mover and shaker Sir Austin is always at all the hot events, look for him this year at the festival and be sure to check out this sweet video from the National Hispanic Cultural Center on the origins of the holiday!