Media Advisory: WFU Museum of Anthropology features Day of the Dead exhibit

The Wake Forest Museum of Anthropology is showcasing its annual Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) exhibit, “Life After Death: The Day of the Dead in Mexico,” through Dec. 12, 2014.

What: Día 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 in which families remember the dead and honor the continuity of life.

The exhibit features a traditional Mexican ofrenda, an altar with food and beverage offerings, flowers, sugar skulls and photos of deceased family members. The exhibit also includes information about the celebration’s history and its skeleton-themed folk art. A children’s ofrenda and a digital photo essay, illustrating the celebration in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, is also on display.

When: Exhibit is open through Dec. 12, 2014.

Where: The Wake Forest Museum of Anthropology

Musuem Hours: Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Cost: Free and open to the public.

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