Día de los Muertos Altars at the Library

The Grand Rapids Public Library and the Hispanic Heritage Committee are gearing up to celebrate Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) by inviting the public to create altars for those family members, friends, or pets loved and lost. The altars will be set up in the main library’s auditorium and on display from October 31st – November 4th, 2012.

Día de los Muertos is a traditional Mexican holiday celebrated on November 1st for families to remember loved ones who have passed on. Often, the celebration is held at the deceased relative’s gravestone, where the family will decorate the stone and eat the favorite foods of their loved one and Pan de Muerto, a special bread. It is also common to create an altar decorated with flowers, pictures of the deceased, along with items that were dear to the deceased.

Although registration is now closed to display an altar at the library, it is still worth it to come and view these beautiful and touching expressions of love and loss.

For more information on Día de los Muertos, try these great books:

The Day of the Dead = El Dia de los Muertos / general editor, Dr. Alderete ; text by Antoni Cadafalch ; coordination by Vřtigo.

The skeleton at the feast : the Day of the Dead in Mexico / Elizabeth Carmichael, Chloë Sayer.

Skulls to the living, bread to the dead : [the day of the dead in Mexico and beyond] / Stanley Brandes.

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