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“El Día de los Muertos” Exhibit

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Special Display During Final Week of “Ancestors of Mexico” Exhibit


The Healdsburg Museum is pleased to present “El Día de los Muertos” (“Day of the Dead”), a week-long display created by students of the Healdsburg High School M.A.Y.O. (Mexican American Youth Organization) club.


Día de los Muertos is a holiday that is celebrated throughout Latin America and especially in Mexico.  Rich with symbolism, color and tradition, the festivities commemorate the links between the living and the dead.  It is believed that the souls return each year at this time to visit their loved ones and enjoy the pleasures of life. People celebrate for three days, creating altars with offrendas (offerings) to the dead.  These offerings consist of candles, flowers, religious icons, sugar skulls, incense and things that the deceased loved ones enjoyed in life, including favorite foods and drinks, photos and sentimental objects.

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