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Day of the dead altar placed at La Palmera Mall

Posted at 10:19 PM, Oct 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-25 18:30:07-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Day of the dead is a Mexican tradition with deep roots in South Texas, and K-Space Contemporary has set up a community altar at La Palmera Mall.

The altar provides a sense of togetherness for several Coastal Bend families who have lost a loved one. Michelle Smythe who is the Executive Director at K-Space Contemporary said this is deep in our heritage.

"It's part our heritage, and when we started the Dia De Los Muertos, we had no idea how popular it would become, so it is a beloved holiday," she said.

There are several other altars throughout the city. D'Anne Buquet has a picture of her father at the altars. For her, this is a family tradition started in 2017, a year after her father passed away.

"Something about it, we felt closer to him, and it felt like his spirit was with you at that moment, and so since that every time there is a public ofrenda in Corpus Christi, we put his picture," she said.

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