The festival that developed into the modern Day of the Dead fell in the ninth month of the Aztec calendar, about the beginning of August, and was celebrated for an entire month.
The festivities were dedicated to the goddess known as the "Lady of the Dead", corresponding to the modern La Calavera Catrina.
The reenactment group consists of four members and has appeared on the History Channel.
A documentary entitled The Re-Enactors of San Jacinto, directed by Emmy-winner Allen Morris, was released in 2010 and shown on Houston PBS.
It is acknowledged internationally in many other cultures.
The multi-day holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and help support their spiritual journey.
In 2008, the tradition was inscribed in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.
in Anglophone countries, a back-translation of its original name, Día de Muertos.
The documentary details the annual San Jacinto Day celebration and shows the reenactment of the 18 minute battle.
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The holiday has spread throughout the world, being absorbed into other deep traditions in honor of the dead.
It has become a national symbol and as such is taught (for educational purposes) in the nation's schools.
San Jacinto Day is the celebration of the Battle of San Jacinto on April 21, 1836.