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Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos – November 2 Celebration!

Good morning, and happy Friday!

Here’s something for your calendar – you’re invited to join the celebration of Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos, on Friday, November 2 at 6 pm, in front of the Downtown library. Traditional Dia de los Muertos food, face painting, ceremonial altars, floor mural, vendors, and kids’ activities. Please read below for info on this celebration, which is co-sponsored by the Redwood City Library Foundation and the Redwood City Public Library.

Thanks,

~ malcolm

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Dia de los Muertos / Day of the Dead Celebration!

The Redwood City Library Foundation and Circulo Cultural are pleased to invite you to join us as we celebrate “Day of the Dead – Día de los Muertos.”

Friday, November 2, 2012
6 PM   Welcome speech; Procession begins at 7 pm
Redwood City Downtown Library
1044 Middlefield Road

SPECIAL GUEST: Alicia Aguirre – Redwood City Mayor

As part of this celebration guest artist Luis Pinedo will display an art installation at the Redwood City Art Center located at 2625 Broadway Street on View from October 16th till Nov. 3rd.Attendees can enjoy the ceremonial altars created by Redwood City residents, local crafts people demonstrating and selling wares, a procession, catrinas face painting, children’s activities, music and food throughout the evening. There will be several booth vendors of traditional Día De los Muertos food such as, hot chocolate, pan de muerto, tamales and more!

Día de los Muertos /Day of the Dead is a cultural event celebrated in the Latin American countries in commemoration and remembering of the loved ones who passed away and whose spirits visit the Earth once a year. On November 2,  Mexican families go to the cemetery, visit the graves of their relatives, clean and sometimes paint the grave, place flowers and light candles. Also at home, Mexican families make special altars dedicated to dead relatives. The altars range from simple to very elaborate, often full of pleasure objects giving life to their dead relatives, including food and favorite drink. The altars dedicated to the souls of dead children include toys, candy and other goodies.

The community is invited to build Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead altars for a special Altar Exhibit at the Redwood City Downtown Library. Those interested in creating an altar should contact Connie Guerrero (650) 465-2024, Veronica Escamez (650) 346-8468, or Maria Kramer (650)780-7043, or email circulocultural09@gmail.com. The Altar Exhibit will be at the Redwood City Main Library, from November 2 through Sunday, November 4.

The Día de los Muertos event is sponsored by Circulo Cultural, Redwood City Library Foundation, Federacion Jaliscience, Chavez Market,  Paula & Peter Ucelli Foundation, Community Consultants Group, Nuri’s Donut House, Swinerton Management & Consulting, N4 Design Lab, and the Redwood City Public Library.

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