Friday, November 2, 2012

Dia de los Muertos at GAAH!

In various parts of North and Central America, November 1st and 2nd are extremely significant dates that announce the arrival of “Dia de los Muertos” or “Day of the Dead.”  Dia de los Muertos is a celebration that seeks to honor loved ones who have passed on, as well as to celebrate the gift of living.  A common tradition during the Dia de los Muertos festivities involves constructing an altar where symbolic items such as candles, candy skulls and cherished belongings of the deceased are placed so that the spirit of the deceased may return home.  This year, we constructed our own altar and dedicated it to our dear friend, Andy Angelo, whose exemplary dedication to GAAH was truly invaluable.

The construction of our altar would not have been possible without the incredible help of one of our community volunteers, Monica Z.  Her creative talents and memories from when she herself was celebrating Dia de los Muertos as a child in Guanajuato, Mexico, enabled us to turn out an especially beautiful altar this year!  Thank you again, Monica!

If you have any spare moments this weekend, don’t forget to stop by the Grand Rapid’s Public Library main branch downtown during the hours of 9-6. Saturday and 1-4. Sunday to check out the impressive display of community altars—ours included! 

Grandville Avenue Arts & Humanities administers the programs of the Cook Arts Center and Cook Library Center.

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