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RAIN DATE, NOW SUNDAY, 17th Day of the Dead with live Mariachis!
October 17 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pmFree
DUE TO RAINY FORECAST, NOW ON SUNDAY, OCTOBER 17th
12:00pm-4pm (Complimentary tamales starting at 12:30!)
Join our Hispanic community as we heal, & celebrate life on the Library Lawn!
Sunday, Oct 17 from 12pm-4pm.
Philadelphia’s seven-member family band MARIACHI FLORES! 1:30-2:30p.m.
Complimentary authentic food & drinks
Bilingual book readings, crafts for all ages, and community altar-building. All beliefs are welcome!
Photos of departed loved ones, memorabilia & costumes are encouraged.
We can also print digital photos (beloved pets, too!) for free at the library so you add them to the altar. We have colorful picture frames you can decorate at the event.
Email us your photos at email@example.com ASAP or bring a USB drive with you from 12:00pm on the day of the event.
To learn more about Day of the Dead, check out books and DVDS at the library , or log on to our digital library to read, watch, listen and more.
Rain date on Sunday, October 17th
The community altar will remain on the library porch until November 5th.
About Day of the Dead:
The Day of the Dead or Día de Los Muertos observed November 1st and 2nd is a vibrant and profoundly meaningful
tradition that originated in central and southern Mexico during the Aztec Empire. People believe that on these days, the spirits of the deceased return to their earthly families for a happy, fun, celebratory ritual. The deceased loved ones are honored in a variety of colorful, festive, and pensive traditions that happen over these two days. This
celebration is in contrast to how death is remembered in some cultures as sad, solemn, and serious.
Streets, homes, churches, and cemeteries come alive with folkloric art and are adorned with brilliant marigold flowers, favorite foods and drinks of those passed, sugar skulls, altars, and offerings. Día de Los Muertos combines ancient indigenous Aztec rituals with Catholic traditions introduced by the Spanish conquistadors, and the result is a brilliant, colorful, festive celebration of life!
“The word death is not pronounced in New York, Paris, or in London because it burns the lips. The Mexican, in contrast,
is familiar with death, jokes about it caresses it, sleeps with it, celebrates it; it is one of his favorite toys and his most
steadfast love.” –Octavio Paz, The Labyrinth of Solitude, 1961.