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