The people of Corpus Christi gathered downtown this weekend to celebrate the annual Dia de los Muertos Festival. Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and those of Hispanic decent in America.
The Dia de los Muertos Festival was organized by Electra Art, Axis Tattoo and K Space Contemporary with assistance from House of Rock. This annual event was held in the Marina Arts District of downtown Corpus Christi where its people celebrated their Hispanic culture with costumes, gifts and all around fun.
“I come with my family every year,” Eliza Garza said, a retired math teacher from Hicks Elementary School. Garza and her family have been coming to the festival since her children were little. “Now I get to bring my grandkids to come see what their parents grew up with. Our culture is important to our family. It reminds us of who we are and how much our family members are important to us.”
Numerous booths consisting of homemade masks and jewelry, people offering face painting and even a few psychics offered their fortunes for anyone willing to accept their fate.
“It gets more and more crowded every year,” said Brandon Oliva, a student of Del Mar College. “It’s such a great thing to see because that means more and more people are interested in coming.”
Oliva’s nephew, Malakai, was dressed up as skeleton Miguel from the Pixar film “Coco.”
“Ever since he saw the movie,” said Olivia. “He’s been asking for ‘alebrijes’ (brightly colored Mexican sculptures of mystical creatures), been singing the songs from the movie and has been very appreciative of our family traditions.