EXPLAINED: Dia de los Muertos origins and history

This week's Throwback Thursday looks at Day of the Dead

This week's Throwback Thursday on KSAT News at Nine looks at the history and origins of Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead. 

The roots can be traced to the native people of Mesoamerica before the Spanish conquest. We explain where the holiday and celebration originated. 

Special Section: Day of the Dead 

About the Authors:

RJ Marquez is co-host of KSAT News Now and reports for Good Morning San Antonio. He's been at KSAT since 2010 and covered a variety of stories and events across the San Antonio area. He also covers the Spurs for on-air and digital platforms, including his Spurs newsletter. RJ has reported stories for KSAT Explains.

Valerie Gomez is lead video editor and graphic artist for KSAT Explains. She began her career in 2014 and has been with KSAT since 2017. She helped create KSAT’s first digital-only newscast in 2018, and her work on KSAT Explains and various specials have earned her a Gracie Award from the Alliance for Women in Media and multiple Emmy nominations.