El Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a Mexican celebration in honor of friends and relatives who have passed away. On Day of the Dead, family members celebrate the lives and spirits of deceased loved ones by building altars, preparing special foods and parading in special disguises and masks. The celebration begins on October 31, and is considered a very important holiday in the Mexican culture.
El Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead may sound scary or morbid but the day is really about celebrating life and remembering loved ones. To learn more about “Day of the Dead” stop in the Main Library from October 31 – November 3, 2012 to see altars, create crafts and celebrate life and death in a joyful and respectful way. Also, check out some of the resources below and many more available at the Grand Rapids Public Library:
The Day of the Dead = El Dia de los Muertos by Antoni Cadafalch
Paper crafts for Day of the Dead by Randel McGee
The skeleton at the feast: the Day of the Dead in Mexico by Elizabeth Carmichael
Day of the Dead by Tony Johnston