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Exhibition by Alexis Ciurczak and Jose Rangel


Display layout in the Palomar College Library.

This exhibit is on display at Palomar College Library from October 13 through November 16, 2000. It focuses on the Mexican celebration of  Dia de Los Muertos or The Day of the Dead which occurs November 2 and the preceding evening of  November 1. Similar to All Saints Day and All Souls Day in the Catholic calendar, the Day of the Dead is a time when Mexicans visit the graves of their relatives, cleaning and arranging fresh flowers and perhaps repainting the headstones.

A patron enjoys the display, especially all the tiny details.

Click on the thumbnail pictures to see each vertical cases.

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Papier mache puppet (titere) after Posada's "La Catrina."

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The Ofrenda or altar is an important component of this celebration.

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Our library has many books about The Day of the Dead.


Mexican prints by Jose Guadalupe Posada.

Click on the following pictures to see details from the display.

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Catrina handmade by
 Alexis Ciurczak.

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A typical ofrenda for a man.

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Intricate papel picado, cut paper design, made by M. Fick. 

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Alfenique (sugar sculpture) from San Miguel de Allende
Guanajuato, Mexico

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Various molds to make sugar skulls.

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Calaveras - sugar skulls.

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How to make papel picado.

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Mexican toys--skeletons are a predominate theme.

For more close-ups of the display, such as Virgin de Guadalupe, Mexican miniatures, and intricate "papel" designs, go to the 1999 Day of the Dead web page. (click here)

Go to the Dia de Los Muertos page--This is a permanent Web site which explores this very unique Mexican tradition and includes an extensive bibliography as well as numerous links to other Internet resources on the subject.

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 This page was compiled by Glenna Mitchell.