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Celebrate Dia de los Muertos on First Sundays at the Center!

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We had a great time on October 4th starting off the 2015-2016 season of First Sundays programs – our visitors took the project of creating an abstract collage to such fun and imaginative new levels!!

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A special thanks to our UCR Gluck Fellow Kelly Filreis and her assistant Angela for making it such a success.

For our November First Sundays activity, we will be celebrating Dia de los Muertos by making Calavera skull masks to wear. Dia de los Muertos — the Day of the Dead — is a holiday celebrated throughout Latin America, but strongly associated with Mexico where the tradition originated. Dia de los Muertos honors the dead with festivals and lively celebrations, a set of customs that combine indigenous Aztec rituals with the Catholicism brought to the region by Spanish conquistadors.

Since the dead would be insulted by mourning or sadness, Dia de los Muertos celebrates the lives of the deceased with food, drink, parties, and activities that lost loved ones enjoyed in life. This event recognizes death as a natural part of the human experience, a continuum with birth, childhood, and growing up to become a contributing member of the community. On Dia de los Muertos, the dead are also a part of the community, awakened from their eternal sleep to share celebrations with their friends and family.

The most familiar symbol of Dia de los Muertos  is the Calavera: a representation of a human skull. Calaveras made of sugar are a common gift for children and decoration on Dia de los Muertos altars.We will be decorating skull templates with crayons, markers, stickers, and feathers, and then attaching them to masks that can be worn. All ages are welcome, so bring the whole family! The activity takes place on November 1st from 1-4pm.

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First Sundays is a seasonal series of free family programs featuring different activities for children and teens at seven locations in downtown. Sponsored by the Riverside Arts Council.

This post was contributed by student worker Cynthia Mosley.


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