Dia de los Muertos
By Krysti Pyst0lz Vares
Let’s face it, the ending of the month of October is one of the best times of the year to be into rock music. You can usually catch some great shows in the area and those shows usually include great music, costume contests and maybe even some candy and drink specials if you’re lucky. Halloween isn’t just a great time of year for music fans, but for almost everyone out there (especially children) but there’s a holiday that comes up on the heels of Halloween called “Dia de los Muertos”. “Dia de los Muertos” is Spanish for “Day of the Dead”. It’s amazingly similar to Halloween for the fact that you dress up, there’s some amazing music to be heard and of course huge amounts of candy or in this case, sugar skulls.
“Dia de los Muertos” has been celebrated in the Spanish culture for about 3,000 years now and was started by the Aztecs. The holiday doesn’t just last for one day, but three days meaning that it goes from October 31st-November 2nd. The main difference between this holiday and Halloween is that people are not only celebrating death and other darker things but are also celebrating life. People gather with family and friends to celebrate the lives of their loved ones that have both passed and are still around today.
Besides being a joyous occasion for many people, it’s also a paradise for those of us that are into the punk and rockabilly/psychobilly scene. A lot of the music that has come out in these genres includes themes about death, zombies and of course having the best time possible. The people in these scenes are no stranger to dressing up and celebrating things and what better occasion than a 3 day holiday to do it.
The tradition is celebrated in a lot of areas and luckily they include large celebrations in our very own San Jose. The main event is being held at the San Jose Museum of Art this year and will host hands on activities including the making and decorating of sugar skulls, live music, performances including dancing skeletons, the history of the holiday itself and of course large amounts of food. The event will take place on Saturday November 2nd from 11am-5pm and the activities listed will go on throughout the entire day so you’ll have a good chance to see everything no matter which time you decided to attend the event at. Dressing up for the event is entirely optional but odds are that you just might have more fun if you decide to dress up and get into the spirit of things.
The San Jose Museum of Art is located in downtown San Jose so there are numerous other activities that you can do while there depending on your age and whatever time you can make it to the event at in general. If you don’t want to deal with the hassle of downtown parking, you can always take the VTA Lightrail which has a few stops near the museum itself and tends to be cheaper than paying for an actual parking spot. The event itself does have an entrance fee but it’s the same fee that you would have for entering the museum at any other day/time.
You can find the museum at
110 S Market St, San Jose , CA which is right next to The Fairmont Hotel and Cesar Chavez Park. The museum is open Tuesday-Sunday from 11am-5pm.
Tickets are available at the door or online at
For more information on the museum itself and the even you can go to their Facebook at
or call them at (408)271-6840.