Dia de los Muertos at Upper Riccarton Library

On the 1st of November the Mexican community came to Upper Riccarton Library to set up a Dia de los Muertos display. On this day throughout Mexico and, to a lesser extent, in other parts of Latin America, people celebrate Dia de los Muertos: Day of the Dead. That’s right, celebrate – as they understand death not as an ending, but as a pathway.

Dia de Muertos display at Upper Riccarton LibraryIn homes, people create altars to honour and remember their deceased loved ones, and families and friends gather to remember and reminisce by welcoming the opportunity to reflect upon their lives, their heritage and their ancestors. The day is all about love and happiness, not fear and sadness.

This year the display at Upper Riccarton Library was around Frida Kahlo as she is one of the best known Mexican people in the world.  It has been a total success, with heaps of people stopping to look at it and asking questions. We ended up learning that many countries in the world have similar celebrations… it is a small world after all!

Does your culture celebrate a festival similar to Dia de los Muertos?

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Steffi
Upper Riccarton Library

4 thoughts on “Dia de los Muertos at Upper Riccarton Library

  1. Gallivanta 7 November 2014 / 9:49 pm

    Our triune of Halloween, All Souls and All Saints is similar.

    • Vanessaccl 10 November 2014 / 11:08 am

      What I find fascinating is how the Church absorbed pre-existing traditions: “The holiday is derived from the rituals of the pre-Hispanic peoples of Mexico. Led by the goddess Mictecacihuatl, known as “Lady of the Dead,” the celebration lasted a month. After the Spanish arrived in Mexico and began converting the native peoples to Roman Catholicism, the holiday was moved to coincide with All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day…” (Encyclopaedia Britannica)

      • Gallivanta 10 November 2014 / 11:43 am

        It’s good to see all the connections. 🙂

  2. Gallivanta 7 November 2014 / 9:50 pm

    Lovely to have Dia de Los Muertos celebrated.

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