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Day of the Dead exhibit to open Wednesday

November 1, 2016 GMT

Gallery 201 invites the community to its latest exhibit, “Dia De Los Muertos,” featuring talented local artists on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in historical downtown Laredo.

This exhibit will run through Dec. 2. Admission is free and open to the public.

Dia de los Muertos — the Day of the Dead — is a holiday celebrated on Nov. 1 and 2.

Although marked throughout Latin America, Dia de los Muertos is most strongly associated with Mexico, where the tradition originated.

This day honors the dead with festivals and lively celebrations, a typically Latin American custom that combines indigenous Aztec ritual with Catholicism.

Assured that the dead would be insulted by mourning or sadness, Dia de los Muertos celebrates the lives of the deceased with food, drink, parties and activities the dead enjoyed in life.

It is a day to recognize death as a natural part of the human experience, a continuum with birth, childhood and growing up to become a contributing member of the community.

On Dia de los Muertos, the dead are also a part of the community, awakened from their eternal sleep to share celebrations with their loved ones.

The most familiar symbol of Dia de los Muertos may be the calacas and calaveras (skeletons and skulls), which appear everywhere during the holiday: in candied sweets, as parade masks, as dolls.

Calacas and calaveras are almost always portrayed as enjoying life, often in fancy clothes and entertaining situations.

Gallery 201 said it invited artists to submit any piece of artwork, any medium that is an expression or interpretation of this holiday.

It will also have altars and encourage everyone to come dressed as a Catrina or Catrin.