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Celebrate Día de los Muertos at MLK Library

Celebrate Día de los Muertos with ofrenda, celebration at MLK Library
Posted on 10/25/2021
If you stop by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Library (MLK), you’ll see a special Día de los Muertos ofrenda (offering) created by our staff. In Mexican tradition, Día de los Muertos, observed Nov. 1 - 2, celebrates the life, memories and experiences of those who have passed away. The ofrenda is a richly colored altar steeped in symbolism, including personal touches from our MLK staff. Photo of ofrenda at Martin Luther King Jr. Library

The ofrenda symbolizes a journey for the spirits of the dead.  Some ofrendas will have a pathway of marigold petals leading up to its base, forming a pathway for the spirits, so they can find their way to their family’s altar.  Each tier of the MLK ofrenda represents a step on the spiritual journey, beginning with Purgatory at the bottom. On the next step you’ll find images of various saints that had special meaning in life to those have passed.  You’ll also find sweet treats and favorite foods or drinks of the deceased on the steps of the ofrenda. Our staff member Marta shared that she places chicken noodle soup on her ofrenda at home in honor and celebration of many wonderful memories with her grandmother. 
On a step above the food you’ll find photos and pictures of the family members remembered each year. You may also find favorite toys or other items that held special meaning to those who have died. In this way, the living can honor the memories of those who have gone before and celebrate the times they shared together in life. The MLK ofrenda holds photographs of our staff member Israel’s parents and his wife’s uncle, and we’re honored that Israel and his wife have shared their family with us.

Throughout the ofrenda you may also notice salt, candles and fantastical creatures called alebrijes. The salt is sprinkled to purify the spirit on its journey, while the candles light the way, and alebrijes (spirit animals) help guide the souls of the departed back to heaven.

To learn more about Día de los Muertos, stop by the MLK library to see the beautiful ofrenda and ask staff your questions. Or, if you’re unable to visit, ask a librarian, and we can find just the right books for you!

Día de los Muertos Celebration! - Día de los Muertos en la Biblioteca
Saturday, Nov. 6, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Library
Join our library staff in celebrating Día de los Muertos with free games, crafts, stories and fun for all ages at a community celebration!

Sábado 6 de noviembre de 11 a.m. a 1 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Library
Sea parte de nuestra celebración del Día de los Muertos con manualidades, juegos y cuentacuentos para toda la familia. Celebremos esta tradición mexicana recordando a nuestros seres queridos.

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