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It's a celebration of death — and life — during Austin's Dia de los Muertos festival

A celebration of death — and life — at Austin's Dia de los Muertos

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On Saturday, October 21, the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center hosted the city's annual Dia de los Muertos festival. The family-friendly event attracted Austinites of all ages, eager to participate in the Mexican tradition of honoring the dead and paying tribute to loved ones lost. 

“It’s just part of learning from our ancestors and learning who we were and where we’re heading to,” says Nayeli Miranda, a sugar skull instructor who crafts exquisite skulls using sugar and icing. With the intent of preserving and sharing her culture, Miranda teaches children the art behind sugar skulls, along with its rich history within the Day of the Dead celebration.

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Dia de los Muerots
Dia de los Muertos is a chance to embrace our roots and celebrate our ancestors. Photo courtesy of KLRU-TV