“La Reina” Community Altar Unveiling Sunday, October 27th, 1 p.m. and Public Invited to Visit the Altar, Celebrate & Remember “La Reina” Selena
As Día de los Muertos celebrations unfold throughout the city, a special altar to “La Reina”, as beloved Tejano singer Selena is so fondly remembered, is being installed in downtown San Antonio to allow fans to celebrate and remember the icon. A Catrina homage to Selena standing more than 10 feet tall and adorned with more than 2 million beads will be displayed in a custom Día de Muertos altar at the corner of S. Alamo and Market Streets. The installation is Sunday, Oct. 27 at 1 p.m. The altar will remain open for public viewing through Sunday, Nov. 3.
The Catrina is an homage to Selena handcrafted by more than 40 indigenous Huichol artisans in Mexico. The piece required non-stop work over a two-month time period. Sister Catrinas of beloved artist Frida Kahlo and Mexican actress María Felíx produced by the same Huichol artisans will be on display at the Briscoe Western Art Museum’s Alma Creativas: A Tribute to Mexican Huichol Art pop-up exhibit October 28 – November 8, allowing everyone to enjoy an array of Huichol art in honor of the Day of the Dead.
The public is invited to bring ofrendas, or offerings, to welcome La Reina to join everyone at Day of the Dead San Antonio this year. For those unfamiliar with the tradition, ofrendas are collections of objects placed on an altar during traditional Día de Muertos celebrations. An ofrenda, which may be quite large and elaborate, is usually created for someone who has died and is intended to welcome them back during Día de Muertos.
La Reina’s altar is one of many being installed for Day of the Dead San Antonio. The festival’s Altar de Muertos may be viewed near the Little Church at La Villita, an opportunity to pause for remembrance and honor those who have passed. Local artists including Claudio Aguillón, Lourdes Castro, Dr. Ellen Riojas Clark, Chris Davila, Gustavo Garcia, Ana Laura Hernandez, La Vaca Studios, Cherise Munro, Al Rendon, Kathy Sosa and Alejandra Villareal are creating the ofrendas, or altars, while Les Dames d’Escoffier will lend a culinary arts spin to one special altar. H-E-B will be honoring Emilio Nicolás, the founder of Univision, with an ofrenda at La Villita. Others being remembered with ofrendas include domestic violence victims, victims of the El Paso shooting, all mothers and former City of San Antonio Mayor Lila Cockrell. The altars will be on display beginning Nov. 1, the kick-off of the Day of the Dead San Antonio 2019 Festival.
What: “La Reina” Community Altar Unveiling
When: Sunday, Oct. 27at 1 p.m.
Where: The corner of S. Alamo and Market Streets, across from the Hilton Palacio del Rio
Day of the Dead San Antonio benefits charities serving youth in San Antonio, including the Rey Feo Consejo Educational Foundation, Children’s Rehabilitation Institute of TeletonUSA (CRIT), the Ecumenical Center and The Battered Women’s and Children’s Shelter. Other nonprofit partners include Eva’s Heroes, the San Antonio Public Library Foundation, the Briscoe Western Art Museum and the Witte Museum.
More information on Day of the Dead San Antonio can be found online at dodsat.com. For the latest updates, follow Day of the Dead San Antonio on Facebook, @dayofthedeadsa; Instagram, @dod.sat, Twitter, @dod_sat.
About Day of the Dead San Antonio
Presented by H-E-B, Day of the Dead San Antonio makes its debut this fall as a citywide celebration with a full slate of events never before experienced in San Antonio. Building on traditional “Día de los Muertos” celebrations, Day of the Dead San Antonio includes “Catrinas on the River Parade”, illuminating the San Antonio River with celebration and remembrance in an all-new way, a 5K race that celebrates life by running through one of the city’s oldest cemeteries, a three-day festival filling La Villita with music, food, celebration and remembrance, as well as exhibitions and activities across the city. For more information, visit dodsat.com.
About Visit San Antonio
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