The Day of the Dead, or Día de Muertos, is a Mexican holiday. This multi-day holiday involves family and friends gathering to remember friends and family members who have died, and helping support their spiritual journey. The holiday has nothing to do with scares or hauntings—it’s a joyful statement of death acceptance and a moment to honor loved ones who have died. Families make altars called ofrendas (offerings) decorated with marigolds, ornate sugar skulls, photos, and the deceased’s favorite possessions.
One of the more common symbols of the holiday is the skull (or calavera), a design which celebrants display in food (sugar or chocolate shaped like skulls), masks called calacas (skeletons), and (most recently) face paint.
Join us in the Children’s Department November 1st to celebrate the Day of the Dead with a special Storytime with face painting at 10:30am, and crafts, more face painting and a showing of Disney’s Coco at 3:00pm.
Steele Memorial Library