Skeletons are popping up all over Houston as the city is gearing up for the Mexican holiday Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). No matter what you've heard, Día de los Muertos is not the Mexican version of Halloween. Celebrated on November 2 as a day to remember loved ones who have passed on, Día de los Muertos traditions include decorating headstones, building small alters in memory of the dead and creating art with images of skulls and skeletons. We visited the Lawndale Art Center and Manos Magicas Folk Art Gallery, snapping shots of their Día de los Muertos exhibitions. Lawndale's exhibit includes adorable drawings of skulls framed in decorated metal from the kids at De Zavala Elementary School as well as works from local amateur and professional artists. Over at Manos Magicas, the offerings were made by folk artists from Mexico. Owner Madeleine Crozat-Williams travels to the Oaxaca area every year to hand-pick her offerings.
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