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'Days of the Dead' celebration focus of museum Family Day, exhibit

October 2, 2007

Wake Forest University’s Museum of Anthropology will focus on the “Dias de los Muertos” (Days of the Dead) celebration at its fall Family Day from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 20.  The event is presented in conjunction with the museum’s annual Days of the Dead exhibit that will run through Dec. 14.  

Days of the Dead is an ancient religious celebration that originally honored children and the dead.  It has evolved into a blend of ancient Indian and Christian features and is considered a festive time when family members remember and honor their dead and the continuity of life.

The museum exhibit features a traditional Mexican “ofrenda” (a home altar with sugar skulls, colorful tissue paper cutouts of skeletons, food and beverage offerings, marigolds and photos of deceased relatives), photographs of public ofrendas as well as toys and objects used in children’s ofrendas.  The exhibit text is also bilingual.

Family Day will feature several booths highlighting different aspects of the celebration and will include Mexican crafts, games, music, storytelling and food.   Participants will have the opportunity to learn about special foods that accompany Days of the Dead and to create their own sugar skulls, skull masks, and paper ofrendas. 

Admission to the museum and Family Day is free and open to the public.  For more information, contact the museum at 758-5282 or visit

Press Contacts:

Pam Barrett
(336) 758-5237

Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237

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