The Insider: Celebrate the Day of the Dead

October 26, 2012 8:30 AM

The Insider

Last year’s Insider offered a list of things to do for Halloween and introduced an alumnus with a hauntingly ghoulish job. This year, I’m sending you off to a celebration of Día de los Muertos, sponsored in part by the Stone Center for Latin American Studies.


The Day of the Dead is a holiday reserved to celebrate the memory of the deceased. While it is primarily celebrated in Mexico, several cultures recognize the day.

The festivities are characterized by elaborate altars, which often include colorful flowers, photographs and candles.

On Monday (Oct. 29) from 10 a.m. until noon, artist Cynthia Ramirez will provide a demonstration on altar building at the Ogden Museum, located at 925 Camp St. Guests are asked to bring an item to contribute to the altar.

Also, the museum will host an exhibit from Monday (Oct. 29) through Friday (Nov. 9) that features a traditional Day of the Dead altar honoring famed local musician Uncle Lionel Baptiste. Ramirez is the artist.

Traditional Day of the Dead celebrations also include festival-like activities with live music and food traditional to Mexico. The museum’s celebration will feature “Ogden After Hours” on Thursday (Nov. 1) from 6 until 8 p.m. in the museum atrium. Mariachi Jalisco will perform for this family-friendly event.

To close the celebration, there will be a public forum on the traditions of celebrating the dead from Mexico to New Orleans held on Saturday (Nov. 3) at 2 p.m.

Museum admission fees of $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students and $5 for children are required for entry.

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