Immediately after moving to New York City from Texas I started to miss being surrounded by my culture and traditions. It is something that I definitely took for granted when I lived back home. Even though I was born and raised in Houston, my family often celebrated our Mexican traditions during the holidays and so did many people through out the city (and state). I am lucky to have my cultural roots so deeply imbedded in the state where I was born, it's something that not many cultures get to say, but it also made it much harder when I left.
Luckily for me, my sister and other Texpats in New York, began celebrating our traditions here. This year we celebrated our second annual Dia de Muertos in Brooklyn, where we asked friends to bring photographs of their loved ones to put on our altar and I cooked traditional Mexican food for our 20+ guests.