Families of all cultures gathered at the West Chicago Public Library District on November 1 to celebrate the Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos). This special celebration, honoring the deceased, included sugar skull decorating, bracelet making, face painting, and stories about this special holiday. Cortez Bakery of West Chicago was also on hand to demonstrate the making of the pan de muerto (“bread of dead”), bringing samples for all to try.
The Day of the Dead is a Mexican national holiday which is celebrated throughout Mexico and around the world in other cultures. The holiday, which takes place November 1 and 2 in connection with All Saints’ and All Souls’ Day, focuses on gatherings of family and friends to remember family members who have died. Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars honoring the deceased using sugar skulls and the favorite foods of the departed and visiting graves with these as gifts.
“One of the great strengths of our Library is the diversity of our staff and collection and our commitment to serving people of diverse backgrounds,” said Administrative Librarian Melody E. Coleman. “This Day of the Dead celebration was a great opportunity to engage the whole community in a deeper understanding of the Mexican/American culture.”
- Shelley Campbell, Public Relations Specialist
- West Chicago Public Library District
- Phone: (630) 231-1552, ext. 128
- FAX: (630) 231-1709
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