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National Hispanic Heritage Month is September 15th through October 15th.

For our Crossroads community, rich with Spanish and Mexican history, culture, and antiquity, we begin our celebration traditionally with the dead.

Traditional mexican Day of the dead altar with sugar skulls and candles

The oldest art museum in the Crossroads, The Nave Museum, will be presenting, Dia De Los Muertos, A Time of Remembrance, beginning tomorrow September 17th through October 16th.

Dias De Los Muertos or Day of the Dead is celebrated worldwide from November 1st through November 2nd.

What is Dias De Los Muertos you might be wondering?

In layman's terms, Dias De Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead is a celebration of the lives of those that have gone before us. The two-day celebration often involves families congregating to the gravesites of those that have gone on before us as family and friends gather with food, drink and mementos of the earthly things the deceased enjoyed. This is also a time to reminiscence about the things we loved most about the ones we have lost. The Day of the Dead for me, like many, is life-affirming.

For the last six years, The Nave Museum has presented my favorite yearly exhibit, and celebration, honoring those that have gone before us.

A Time of Remembrance, this year's Nave Museum Dias De Los Muertos theme, is humbling, awe-inspiring, heart-wrenching, and absolutely beautiful.

And that is just the beginning. 

The Nave Museum will also host Victoria's Día de los Muertos Exhibit & Festival!

When I first moved to Victoria I knew very little about Spanish and Mexican culture, but the more I learned, the more I became intrigued and connected to some of their most ancient traditions, like Dias De Los Muertos. I have a deep love and admiration for my grandparents who came to America as late immigrants from Switzerland. They were such a fun-loving couple who took a very active role in helping to influence my positive nature. Honestly, it was hard for me to mourn them when they passed. This is when I came to understand and appreciate the tradition of Dias De Los Muertos. The Nave Museum facilitated that appreciation through their altar and retablos displays.

Crossroads Dias De Los Muertos Celebration

Altars are created to showcase the person who has passed and retablos are devotional pieces usually placed behind the altar. You can find a complete list of retablos for sale online through The Nave's Museum website.

Bravo to the artists throughout the Crossroads who created these phenomenal altars and retablos. 

On October 16th, The Nave Museum with partnerships throughout our community will host a remembrance parade, and free festival too!

Here is the schedule for The Nave Museum's free festival beginning from 9 am to 2 pm.

  • 9:00 am: Meet at St. Mary's Catholic Church downtown
  • 9:30 am: Start procession down Bridge St.
  • 10:00 am: End procession at Nave Museum
  • 10:00 am- 10:30 am: Ballet Folklorico/ Mariachi Amistad
  • 10:30 - 2:00 pm: Festival activities

 Whose Life Will You Celebrate on the Day of the Dead, Crossroads?


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