Día de Muertos is celebrated in Mexico over several days coinciding with the Catholic observances of All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days (Nov. 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 MOA’s annual exhibit celebrates this uniquely Mexican observance. The exhibit’s centerpiece is a traditional ofrenda, an altar with food and beverage offerings, flowers, sugar skulls, and photos of deceased family members. This year, the colorful exhibit features a unique style of ofrenda favored by the Zapotec people in Oaxaca. It also includes information on the celebration’s history and its unique skeleton-themed folk art. The exhibit presents text in English and Spanish.