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Celebrate Day of the Dead

Celebrate Day of the Dead

Published: October 25, 2018

Although it falls in close proximity to Halloween, the Mexican holiday of Day of the Dead (or Día de Muertos) is anything but a cross-cultural version of America’s much-loved, ghoul-laden celebration.

Day of the Dead views spirits positively and with reverence, and for the three-day holiday, families get together to remember friends and loved ones who have died. They also help support the spiritual journey of these family members by visiting gravesites with gifts, building altars, and leaving favorite foods and drinks in their honor.

One of the tokens of affection left for the deceased are sugar skulls, or calaveras, which are colorfully decorated objects believed to please the spirits of the dead, who are said to come back to their altars on this special day.

At the library, we’ll be translating the idea of calaveras into sugar skull pillows, which tweens are invited to create with us. The designs are bold and lively but not scary, and they’re a perfect vehicle for kids to discover other cultures, explore traditions that pay homage to the dead, and learn about artwork that may not be familiar to them.

If your youngster would like to participate in this exciting craft, bring him or her to the Maiden Branch Library on Thursday, November 1 at 4 pm. You can bet there will be plenty of conversation and sharing afterwards!