Dia De Los Muertos
November 3, 2011 by staff
Dia De Los Muertos, For the second consecutive year, the Healdsburg Museum is organizing a Day of the Dead exhibition, prepared by the Club of MAY Healdsburg. The exhibition opened November 2 with a reception at the museum, and continues through November 15.
MAYO, the Mexican Youth Organization of America, is about 10 years old, according to consultant Toni Saunders, and has about 60 members this year, “more than I had before.” Club members gathered material and artifacts of the sample, and put the screen earlier this week.
Club members meet weekly to find ways to incorporate the traditions of their country of origin – Mexico is not always, but almost always in Latin America – to keep their heritage and culture alive. About half of the members of the club, including President Padilla of this year, Jocelin, were present to share stories about the exhibition.
A special audio tour was produced for this exhibition brief, but important, written and narrated by members of the club in May, in Spanish and English. Elizabeth Holmes and Fred Campbell led the tour and who were also present.
Bright orange marigolds, candles, fruit, favorite drinks, sugar skulls and photographs of the dead are held in honor of “offerings” on the left side of the museum’s exhibition hall, a vivid display of color and vitality in contrast with the moderation black of 19 death-century monuments, as curator Holly Bells Healdsburg said.
D?a de los Muertos or Day of the Dead, is the tradition of celebrating the dead in the most Catholic Spanish-speaking countries, which in Mexico has risen to the status of a national holiday. Usually celebrated on November 1 and 2, the Day of All Saints and All Souls Day on the Catholic calendar.
“It’s a holiday, a way to welcome our deceased relatives,” said the counselor MAY Auria Correa. “There is music, the celebration -. The whole family is there,” In keeping with that tradition, a hot chocolate drink called champurrado and bread of the dead were treated.
Most items in the exhibition colors have a meaning, though some are purely decorative. Marigolds, for example, are chosen not only for their color, but its strong smell, which helps the deceased find the altar that honors them.
There are four main screens of the exhibition, one grandparent, one for other family members who died recently, and one of two fellow students at Healdsburg who lost their lives in the past year, Juliana Apolinar and Jason Smith.
An exhibition of four, around the corner two honors celebrities who recently died, Mexican comic actor Capulina, and software wizard Steve Jobs. It exhibits several work appointments, such as “Being the richest man in the cemetery does not matter” as well as a photograph of one of his many unmarked cars – he hated to leave, and had to get a new car every six months to stay within state law.
Bells and other members of the museum staff and volunteers clearly pleased with the participation and exposure, and poor said they are planning an exhibition on Hispanic history in Santa Rosa for the next year.
“There is so much energy and commitment among children who put this together,” said Museum President Ted Calvert. “It was really something.”
The “Day of the Dead” exhibition at the Healdsburg runs through November 15. The museum is open free to the public from Wednesday to Sunday, 11 am-4 pm
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