Life After Death: The Day of the Dead in Mexico

September 11 – December 7, 2018

Day of the Dead Table SettingDía 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.

Day of the Dead FiguresThe 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.  The colorful display features a children’s ofrenda and a photo essay illustrating the celebration in San Miguel Allende.  It also includes information on the celebration’s history and its unique skeleton-themed folk art.  The exhibit presents text in English and Spanish.