Saturday, October 8, 2011

Day of the Dead - Día de los Muertos

Day of the Dead is a holiday celebrated in Mexico each year.  Today, those visiting the Alpine Township branch of the Kent District Library (KDL) had a chance to learn all about it and participate in the festivities associated with this holiday.

According to Wikopedia, "Día de los Muertos) is a holiday in Mexico where it attains the quality of a National Holiday. The celebration takes place on November 1st and 2nd, in connection with the Catholic holidays of All Saints' Day (November 1) and All Souls' Day (November 2). Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed and visiting graves with these as gifts.
Scholars trace the origins of the modern Mexican holiday to indigenous observances dating back hundreds of years and to an Aztec festival dedicated to a goddess called Mictecacihuatl. In Brazil, Dia de Finados is a public holiday that many Brazilians celebrate by visiting cemeteries and churches. In Spain, there are festivals and parades, and, at the end of the day, people gather at cemeteries and pray for their dead loved ones. Similar observances occur elsewhere in Europe, and similarly themed celebrations appear in many Asian and African cultures."

Activities that were available at the Alpine Township Branch included the painting of skulls and other crafts and painting.

Lindsay and Ann displaying some of the activities they enjoyed


Grandma gets approval from Ann to check out a movie from the library

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