Community altars set up at funeral home, library for Día de los Muertos

In observance of Día de los Muertos, community altars are set up today at El Progreso Memorial Library, 301 W. Main St., and Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary, 220 S. Getty St.

The library will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow, while Rushing-Estes-Knowles will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

“We welcome you to bring a photo of your loved one to place on our ofrenda (altar) and celebrate their life with us,” says Rushing-Estes-Knowles staff. There will be pan dulce, coffee, juice and music to celebrate the occasion.

Altar at El Progreso Memorial Library

The library has limited space but welcomes community members to bring items. Library director Mendell Morgan emphasizes ownership should be clearly labeled on each item and retrieved between Dec. 2-7.

Southwest Texas Junior College’s Catholic Club created an altar to honor SWTJC students, faculty and staff who have died. It will be on display in the Matthews Student Center cafeteria until Saturday.

Altar at Southwest Texas Junior College

According to Angie Gaucin, SWTJC Catholic Club sponsor, the college has upheld this tradition for at least 20 years.
Diá de los Muertos is a multi-day holiday that reunites the living and dead, and is most commonly identified with Mexico, but is celebrated throughout Latin America, where families and friends create altars to honor their departed family members who have died.

These altars are decorated with marigold flowers, photos of the departed, and offerings.

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