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Exhibition by Alexis Ciurczak and Jose Rangel

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This exhibit is on display at Palomar College Library from October 15 through November 15, 1998. It focuses on the Mexican celebration of 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.

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Celebrants construct altars (ofrendas) in their homes to welcome back the spirits of the departed. The ofrendas often include special food and items which the deceased enjoyed in life. Ofrendas for children usually have toys and sweets, sometimes in the form of small animals or sugar skulls (calaveras).

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Cases decorated with Posada's La Calaca Catrina

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Papier mache' skeleton from Guerrero

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Typical ofrenda with sugar skulls, toys, food and cigar.

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Detail of a paper cutting (papel picado).

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Sugar skulls (alfenique)

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Virgin of Guadalupe window box by Grillo

Photographs by Peggy Nimmo. Page compiled by Glenna Mitchell.

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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