October 20, 2000

Dia De Los Muertos - Day Of The Dead

The Palomar College Library is pleased to announce its 4th annual Day of the Dead - Dia de los Muertos Exhibition, from October 12 to November 15, 2000.

The exhibit explores the Mexican holiday of Dia de los Muertos, which takes place every year on November 1st and 2nd. On those special days, departed family members are remembered with home altars (ofrendas) dedicated to their memory. These ofrendas contain food and drink favorites of the loved one along with flowers, cut paper (papel picado) and bread of the dead (pan de muerto). Skulls and other objects made of sugar (alfenique) are also used. Ofrendas for children usually have toys and candy.

Mexican families also take this time to attend to the graves of the departed, by cleaning and painting the tombstones, arranging flowers, food and candles, and often spend the day or the entire evening in the cemetery.

The Library exhibit features papel picado by Mexican paper artist, Margarita Fick, alfenique from San Miguel de Allende, Mexican toys and miniatures for the Day of the Dead, books, recipes and information on José Guadalupe Posada, master printer of Mexico whose satirical work in often related to the holiday.

More information on this celebration can be found by visiting the extensive website on the subject at http://daphne.palomar.edu/muertos

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