Local businessman gives personal account of “Days of the Dead” at museum

Wake Forest University’s Museum of Anthropology will host a free gallery lecture with Christopher Avila titled “Dias de los Muertos, Me Experiencia y otras leyendas” (“Days of the Dead: My Experience and Other Tales”) Oct. 30 at 4 p.m. in the museum gallery.

The lecture is part of the month-long exhibit “Dias de los Muertos” (“Days of the Dead”) running through Nov. 1 that features an interpretation of a traditional Mexican “ofrenda” (home altar), used for remembering and honoring the dead.

Avila, a Mexico native and marketing director of CMC Mortgage Group, LLC, will give a first-hand description of this ancient celebration. He will share about his traditional Mexican-Catholic upbringing, what the “Days of the Dead” means to his culture and family, and how this tradition has evolved.

Avila is originally from Irapuato, Guanajuato, Mexico and moved to the United States in June 2002 after earning his master’s degree in international trade from the University of Guanajuato. He is dedicated to fostering multicultural understanding and developing cooperation among individuals and communities through global exchange.

Admission to the museum and the gallery lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the museum at 758-5282 or moa@nullwfu.edu.

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