Oct 28, 2008 12:41 PM | 0
After you’ve hung up your Halloween costume and are through indulging in the horrific side of things, why not look into a celebration that takes a less scary view of death? Celebrated primarily in Mexico and by Mexican American communities in the United States, Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) occurs on November 1 and 2, in remembrance of those who have passed away. Altars dedicated to departed friends and family members with ofrendas (offerings) of sugar skulls, flowers, mementos and food are central to the celebration. My favorite aspect of the holiday is the small-scale models of skeletons in all types of daily activities, often dressed in old-fashioned costumes. These figures are a charming reminder that death is intertwined with life and doesn’t always have to be approached fearfully.
If you live in or near Sunset Park, Sunset Park Library is hosting Day of the Dead events where you can make your own sugar skulls, bring ofrendas for an altar and more. Or learn how to make food and crafts for this great celebration by taking out books from your local library, like this one.