Are you one of the many who gets a little sad taking down the Halloween decorations? Maybe you are one who appreciates the varied cultural celebrations observed in other countries. Perhaps you are trying to understand the growing fascination with “sugar skulls”. No matter your interest’s origin, the Wake Forest Museum of Anthropology has an exhibit sure to help you stretch your Halloween celebration and broaden your cultural understanding all at once.
Día de Muertos is celebrated in Mexico over several days coinciding with the Catholic observances of All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days (Nov. 1 and 2). The holiday has roots in both ancient pre-Hispanic celebrations and medieval Spanish Catholic practices, and has evolved to feature a blend of elements from both traditions. The celebration is considered to be a festive time in which families remember the dead and honor the continuity of life.
The exhibit features a traditional Mexican ofrenda, an altar with food and beverage offerings, flowers, sugar skulls and photos of deceased family members. The exhibit also includes information about the celebration’s history and its skeleton-themed folk art. A children’s ofrenda and a digital photo essay, illustrating the celebration in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, is also on display.
Exhibit is open through Dec. 12, 2014 in the Wake Forest Museum of Anthropology on the campus of Wake Forest University. Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and the museum is free and open to the public.