COM Celebrates Dia de los Muertos

Posted on: October 27, 2011

   College of the Mainland will be celebrating Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead, Nov. 1, 12:30 to 1:30 in the library. Dia de los Muertos, stemming from Aztec and Mayan traditions, is the celebration of life of those loved ones who have passed. COM Multicultural Team will present a program featuring entertainment, face painting, sugar skulls and pan de muertos. Spanish Professor Rafael Naranjo will give a brief history and explanation of the traditions of Dia de los Muertos. An altar commemorating the memories of deceased loved ones will be on display in the library.
    Traditionally families build altars or small shrines in their homes to deceased loved ones. The altars are adorned with flowers, bread for the dead, religious items, candles, glasses of water, food, drink and trinkets representing the activities the deceased enjoyed during life on earth. All of this is an ofrenda or offering made for loved ones who still linger in the memories of their friends and families.
    
A Dia de los Muertos altar will be set up in the COM library beginning Oct. 26. Students, staff and community members are welcome to visit and place items on the altar in memory of their loved ones.
   This annual event invites the community to not only learn about an ancient tradition and its roots, but to actually participate. For more information, call 409-933-8653.


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