Friends and family remembered in Dia De Los Muertos festival

WICHITA FALLS - Sugar skulls, music and dancing were all part of the El Dia De Los Muertos festival Saturday in downtown Wichita Falls. 

The Hispanic culture celebrates the holiday once a year, usually on November 1st and 2nd, with most people dressing up and painting sugar skulls on their faces.  
    
Some will set up alters to remember and honor their lost loved ones. Flowers, pictures, and even food are placed on tables as decoration. 

"A lot of people think that it's a really sad day," Alicia Duran, one of the organizers, said. "The way we celebrate it, in our Hispanic culture, is that's where we celebrate their lives. That's where we remeber them and that's where we talked about what they accomplished in their lives." 

Duran said along with remembering those no longer here, they want everyone to be involved and understand what the holiday is truly about, which is the celebration of life. 

"People have a misconception that Day of the Dead is actually Halloween for Hispanics or Mexicans, when really that's not the case at all. It's one of the most beautiful holidays that we have in our culture," Duran said.

The festival featured choreographed dancers and also had a mariachi band play to serenade the alters of their loved ones. 

A percentage of the profits will go to benefit the local non-profit, Zavala Hisanic Cultural Initiative.
    
Duran said they hope to make this an annual event every year. 


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