Last year the Grand Rapids Public Library put on a very successful Day of the Dead community exhibit. This Mexican Holiday is about remembering and honoring the dead by celebrating the lives they have lived and the things we remember best about them. Families and friends gather and create altars dedicated to the deceased. These altars include the person’s favorite things: foods, books, music, pictures of favorite places, etc. The altars can also include personal items of the person and usually at least a photo or two.
Our Hispanic Heritage Committee is once again looking for people who want to design an altar for Day of the Dead that will be on display at the Main Library downtown. Those who did it last year were surprised and touched at how many good memories came back to them as they created their altars and answered people’s questions about the altar. We invite the community to once again be a part of this wonderful celebration!
The event begins on Thursday, October 27th with people setting up their altars and runs through Sunday, October 30th. On Saturday the 29th there will live music and light refreshments as well as crafts for kids. Space is limited and available on a first come, first serve basis. We hope to see you there!