Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Day of the Dead Presentations, Friday the 30th

For the eighth consecutive year, Carmichael Library will commemorate Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead.) Día de los Muertos is a holiday celebrated mainly in Mexico and by people of Mexican heritage living in the United States and Canada. The holiday is dedicated to the remembrance of friends and relatives who have died.

Following the customs of this tradition, the library's foyer is showcasing ceremonial altars built by students of Dr. Eric Vaccarella's Spanish 101 classes. This year's altars are dedicated to Elvis Presley, Patrick Swayze, Marilyn Monroe, and Paul William "Bear" Bryant. In addition, an altar has been constructed to commemorate the victims of cancer.

The public is invited to meet UM students when they present their work at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, October 30th. The altars will be on display in the library through Friday, November 6th.

Above is a photo from last Friday's altar setup day. The students in this photo are putting the finishing touches on their altar to Elvis Presley. For those who can't make it to the library to see these works of art in person, we'll have photos of the completed altars and other main floor decorations on our Facebook and Flickr accounts.

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