Lindsay presents “Dia de Los Muertos” altar exhibit beginning Oct. 26

Lindsay Art Association presents sixth “Dia de Los Muertos” (Day of the Dead) Altar exhibit

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LINDSAY – Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is an annual national holiday in Mexico. The cultural holiday is celebrated in many different ways throughout Mexico and the Americas. It has its origins in ancient Pre-Columbian Indian ceremony.

The celebration is held annually on Nov. 1 and 2 honoring children and adults, respectively. This is a ritual time when the dead are expected to visit the living and are honored guests for the night.

Bright colors, skulls, candles, food and photographs of departed loved ones are typical of altars during Dia De Los Muertos.  Photo by Judyth Dreiger/Lindsay Art Association.

Bright colors, skulls, candles, food and photographs of departed loved ones are typical of altars during Dia De Los Muertos. Photo by Judyth Dreiger/Lindsay Art Association.

In many homes a ritual altar is prepared to honor the returning dead soul. The altar can be attractively adorned with marigolds, the traditional flower of the dead. There is incense and a candle to light the way for the returning soul. Foods that were fondest to the dead in the life are prepared for their temporary return. Photos and favorite items are also used to personalize the altar. Altars for children, have delightful toys, usually skeletons made of papier-mâché and balsa wood, are created for day of the dead.

The Lindsay Art Association is presenting its sixth annual Dia de Los Muertos Altar exhibit beginning this Friday, Oct. 26 at the Lindsay Museum & Gallery located at 165 N. Gale Hill Ave. in Lindsay. Many of the altars are created by Lindsay High School learners. The Dia de Los Muertos exhibit will be open from noon to 4 p.m. on Fridays and Sundays from Oct. 26 through Nov. 11.

A reception for the exhibit will be from 3-5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 28 and will feature the LHS Honor Guitar group as well as folkloric performers from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 pm. Hot chocolate and Pan de Muerto will be served. If you are interested in creating an altar for the exhibit, call Margie Rueda at 559-359-3410.

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