The Watsonville Public Library celebrates its 2nd Annual 2013 Día de Los Muertos Community Altar with sugar skull decorating and related crafts. Staff and community members are encouraged to place something on our Community Altar, located in the Main Library’s front lobby, to honor a loved one who has passed.
Día de Los Muertos/ Day of the Dead is a traditional Mexican celebration of life and death—a festive and joyous day of remembrance and celebration in honor of the dead. It has roots in indigenous groups of Mesoamerica and is celebrated within the Mexican, Central and South American diasporas.
In prior years, Watsonville Public Library staff created altars to celebrate the Mexican culture and their loved ones who had passed away. In 2012, we decided to invite the public to join in community altar building. Elements of the altar include water, wind, fire, and earth symbolized by pitchers, papel picado, candles, and food such as pan de muerto. Other incorporated objects are photographs, mementos that represent something about the deceased, flowers, and incense.