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‘Día de los Muertos’ explored at the Grand Rapids Public Library

GRAND RAPIDS: The Grand Rapids Public Library will honor Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) October 30-November 3, 2019. Altars celebrating the lives of those who have passed away will be on view.

Día de los Muertos is a holiday that honors family and friends who have passed on and is celebrated in many Latin American countries and the United States. Loved ones come together to build an altar, or ofrenda, that celebrate the life and memory of the dead. The day is a time of celebration and joy, filled with talk and memories of those who have died.

On the ofrenda, many significant objects are placed as gifts to the deceased. The altar holds four important elements: water, wind, fire, and earth. These are represented by a pitcher or glass; candles; papel picado (punched paper); and food, usually pan de muerto.

Other items seen on altars include sugar skulls, flowers, photos, and religious items.

The altars will be on display Wednesday, October 30 – Sunday, November 3. Every altar is unique and creates a fascinating portrait of what the citizens of the creators hold close to them.

The library will hold a Family Day during Día de los Muertos on Sunday, November 3 from 1:00 – 4:30 pm.  There will be educational activities for families including a bilingual story time, live music, crafts, and face painting.

Food will be provided by El Granjero and Tamales Mary. Pan de Muerto provided by Panaderia Margo. The Day of the Dead program and altars will be held at the Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St. NE. The program is free and open to the public.

For more information, call 616988-5400 or visit: www.grpl.org/dayofthedead




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