Join the UCF Libraries and the UCF Department of Anthropology in celebrating Día de los Muertos or Day of the Dead. This is a traditional Mexican holiday when families and friends gather to honor and remember those that have died. Typically on Day of the Dead, elaborate altars are created and offerings are made to aid loved ones on their spiritual journey.
Friday, November 1
11:00 am- 1:00pm, main floor
Dia de los Muertos Craft Table – color calaveras (skulls), and make marigolds and papel picado, which are often used to decorate altars honoring the deceased
1:30pm – 3:00pm, Library 223
Documentary film screening with introduction and discussion by Anthropology professor Dr. Beatriz Reyes-Foster
Days of the Dead: living tradition
With the arrival of the conquistadors, many ancient Mesoamerican rituals were absorbed into Christian holidays. This program examines a collection of sacred, social, and artistic traditions that survived European assimilation and now compose one of Mexico’s most important annual festivals. The film follows the travels and experiences of a young Purepecha artisan, her grandmother, and their family during the weeks leading up to the Days of the Dead. As these struggling craftspeople market their wares, study new techniques, and prepare for their deceased patriarch’s spiritual return, viewers will see a wide variety of folk art practices-from pottery painting to flower decoration to papier-mache skeleton sculpture-coalesce into a momentous cultural event.
For more information about Día de los Muertos events in the library and related UCF resources visit: guides.ucf.edu/dayofthedead