What is Dia De Los Muertos?
Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a jubilant and festive celebration which unites the family and establishes a sense of common identity. Among other activities, families create and decorate altars or "ofrendas" to commemorate multiple or one deceased family member(s). Creating an altar is a ritual to welcome, connect with, and joyfully remember our deceased loved ones and ancestors. The celebration begins every year on the 1st of November (All Saints Day) which all deceased children and saints are commemorated (or October 31st at midnight). On November 2nd all adults are remembered. The ofrenda is usually placed weeks in advance in the main room of the house, usually the living room. A table is centrally placed and decorated with personal items, food, and other traditional decorations. The spirits are said to descend to earth to enjoy the gifts their earth-bound family members offered. After Day of the Dead we are left with a strong appreciation for life and a stronger bond to our ancestors. We have molded the museum to commemorate, admire, and highlight the love and talent that Mexican and Latin American artisans put into their hand made creations, their rich culture, and to enhance our visitor's understanding of what Dia de Muertos is.
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