Savor FOOD FOR THE SOUL in family-friendly event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Museum of South Texas History invites the community to celebrate Día de los Muertos from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. on Nov. 1, as part of the fee for regular museum admission. During this all day special event, visitors will enjoy a delight for the five senses as they see the colorful altar exhibit and folkloric dance performers, hear live music, touch the unique arts and crafts, smell the various meats grilling on the barbecue and taste the array of FOOD FOR THE SOUL. Visitors are encouraged to come dressed in their most festive Día de los Muertos attire and can complete the look by getting their face painted at the event.

MOSTHistory celebrates Día de los Muertos because it is a traditional Mexican holiday and a living history lesson. In addition to keeping one of the most well-known traditional holidays celebrated in the Mexican culture alive, the many activities that are part of this family-friendly celebration truly make MOSTHistory’s Día de los Muertos a community celebration. This year’s event kicks off with the sounds of Edinburg North H.S. (ENHS) Mariachi Oro and will include dance performances by Conceptos Entidad Dancística, Alcorta’s Compañia de Danza, Edinburg Housing Authority Lantana Children’s Dance, Edinburg Folklórico, Edinburg Housing Authority El Jardín Children’s Dance, Grupo Folklórico RGV, PSJA North H.S. Grupo Folklórico Ichtecquí, PSJA H.S. Bear Folklórico and CholoRock Dance Theatre. Additional live entertainment will be provided by local acoustic musician and singer Miguel Abiel, who will perform in the altar exhibit.

A featured altar will be on display in the Grand Lobby, built by Romy Guevara of the Edinburg Art Club. Guevara will also give one of two live cooking presentations on two traditional Día de los Muertos foods, a new feature this year. Watch Guevara make tamales dulces or sweet tamales as he also provides stories about this sweet treat. Learn how to make pan de muerto or bread of the dead from experienced bakers, the Arnold Tijerina family. (Visitors familiar with our Pioneer & Ranching Crafts day may well remember Tijerina’s pan de campo.) Tijerina will provide some colorful commentary — with a dash of history — as he demonstrates different ways to make this bread.

After watching the presentations of these two food traditions, visitors will not only be able to find the items on sale at nearby food booths but they’ll also be able to enjoy other delicious foods including beef and sausage fajitas, four different guisados en olla de barro, quesadillas, beef empanadas, tortas and something called a jalapeño bomber — it’s snuggled in a bacon wrap. For a sweet finish, visitors will be able to buy desserts including pan dulce, buñuelos, pumpkin empanadas, churros and nieve Mexicana. For anyone wanting something refreshing, there will be fresh fruit cups, three different flavors of aguas frescas and eight different flavors of raspas. And, for those with the munchies and very sweet tooth, there will be cinnamon glazed Bavarian nuts and tables of traditional Mexican candy in all shapes, sizes and colors — something to please every soul.

Admission to Día de los Muertos 2014 is the regular admission price, passes excluded: $7 adults (ages 18+); $5 seniors with ID (ages 62+), students with ID (ages 13+); $4 children ages 4 to 12; free, children ages 3 and under. FRIENDS of the museum are admitted free as a benefit of FRIENDship. The museum is located in downtown Edinburg at 200 North Closner Boulevard on the Hidalgo County Courthouse square. For more information about MOSTHistory’s Día de los Muertos, including becoming a FRIEND, click here or call +1-956-383-6911 and savor FOOD FOR THE SOUL.

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