Wake Forest Anthropology museum celebrates “Days of the Dead”

Wake Forest University’s Museum of Anthropology will begin a month-long celebration of the “Days of the Dead” on Oct. 1. The exhibit will run through Nov. 2 with an open house from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. on Oct. 30.

Though the name may sound morbid, the “Days of the Dead” is actually a festive time in the cultures that celebrate it.

Throughout Mexico, Ecuador and Peru the “Days of the Dead” are a time of celebration when deceased family members and friends are remembered and honored. Festivities are observed in these countries from All Saints Day until All Souls Day, with preparation beginning weeks, even months, in advance.

OfrendaAn “ofrenda,” an altar usually constructed in each house where “Days of the Dead” celebrations are practiced, will be displayed in the museum throughout the month of October. Ofrendas are usually composed of an array of photographs of the deceased, their favorite foods, personal possessions, flowers, candles and incense burners.

On Oct. 30, Cristina Roche of the Hispanic League of the Piedmont Triad will speak at 4:30 p.m. at the museum open house. The museum will also show videos of “Days of the Dead” celebrations. Light refreshments will be served.

Those who plan to attend the open house should call the museum before Oct. 30 at 336-758-5282. Admission is free. Regular museum hours are 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday. For more information on “Days of the Dead,” visit the museum Web site at http://www.wfu.edu/moa.

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