The MOA will showcase a new version of its annual Day of the Dead exhibit, entitled Life After Death: The Day of the Dead in Mexico, from September 10 through December 13, 2013. The Day of the Dead is celebrated in Mexico over several days coinciding with the Catholic observances of All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days (November 1 and 2). The holiday has roots in both ancient pre-Hispanic celebrations and medieval Spanish Catholic practices, and has evolved to feature a blend of elements from both traditions. The celebration is considered to be a festive time when families remember their dead and honor the continuity of life.
The exhibit’s centerpiece is a traditional Mexican ofrenda, an altar with food and beverage offerings, flowers, sugar skulls, and photos of deceased family members. The exhibit includes new information this year about the celebration’s history and its skeleton-themed folk art. A children’s ofrenda and a digital photo essay illustrating the celebration in San Miguel Allende will also be on display. The exhibit features text in English and Spanish.