Dias de los Muertos Community Altar Project at Peachtree Corners

Contributed By: Jene Watson

 

On Wednesday, November 1 from 6:00 to 7:30, the Peachtree Corners Branch in conjunction with local food science educator, Dichos de la Casa and Chicas of Pinckneyville Middle School will host a host a program to explore Dias de los Muertos.

During the program, visitors will learn the meaning of symbols like costumed skeletons, spiced breads, marigolds and monarch butterflies. The public is invited to bring photos and mementos of departed loved ones to put on the library’s community altar which will be on view through November 11, Veteran’s Day. Days of the Dead is a family feast where the living take time to remember the departed. Celebrated throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, it has ties to All Soul’s Day and All Saints Day of the Catholic church as well as the observances of indigenous cultures of the Americas.

Want to learn more about this festival of remembrance? Check out these titles available at GCPL:

Daniela’s Day of the Dead by Lisa Bullard

Just a Minute: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book by Yuyi Morales

Let’s Look at Monarch Butterflies by Laura Hamilton Waxman

Migrating with the Monarch Butterfly by Thessaly Catt

Sing, Don’t Cry by Angela Dominguez

Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras by Duncan Tonatiuh

Remembering Day = El Dia de Los Muertos by Pat Mora

The Story of Our Holidays: Day of the Dead by Joanna Ponto and Carol Gnojewski

Traveling Butterflies by Susumu Shingu

 

Even more titles available here