DAY OF THE DEAD/EL DIA DE LOS MUERTOS
Thu, 11/01/2012 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Special exhibition (ofrenda) and program
Thursday, Nov. 1, 6-9 p.m. -- with guest speaker, ofrenda dedication, face-painting, poetry, DJ, dance performance and food
This year's exhibit theme: Latinas in Cinema
[The exhibit in the MSU Museum main entry hall continues through Nov. 11.]
For generations the Day of the Dead/El día de los Muertos has been a unique and sacred festivity for people of Mexican descent on both sides of the U.S.-Mexican border. El día de los Muertos, an ancient Mexican celebration in which families reconnect with departed ancestors, provides a special opportunity to remember and celebrate the life and legacy of those who have moved ahead into the sacred lands of Mictlan. The realm of the "fleshless" or the dead (Mictlán in Nahuatl, Xibalbá in Maya), according to Ancient Mexican traditions, is conceived to be in a fluid relationship with the world of the "flesh" or the living. "The fleshless ones" are considered to be a living presence in this world while the "living ones" contemplate death as the natural progression of life and renewal.
MSU History Professor Juan Javier Pescador has created a Day of the Dead ofrenda installation at the MSU Museum for a number of years. His IAH 203 Latin America and the World class studies Day of the Dead and the museum exhibit helps share the special program with a broad audience.