The Times podcast: How Día de los Muertos flourished in the U.S.
For decades, late October meant one holiday in American popular culture: Halloween. But over the last couple of decades, more and more people are also marking another fall festival: Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead.
Today, we get into how this Mexican holiday took hold in the United States: its history, its customs, how it’s different here from the way it’s observed in Mexico. We talk to L.A. Times culture reporter Daniel Hernandez, who has written extensively about the subject. And we talk to Alexis Meza de los Santos, a mexicana who grew up in Kentucky and has seen Día de los Muertos spread across the South.
Host: Gustavo Arellano
Guests: L.A. Times culture reporter Daniel Hernandez and Alexis Meza de los Santos, Latinx/Hispanic diversity recruiter in the University of Kentucky undergraduate admissions office
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