ASU Museum invites everyone to Día de los Muertos, on Friday, November 5th, 2010 from 5–7 p.m. Free and open to the public, this family event includes hands-on children’s crafts, refreshments, and surprises! An ancient tradition originating with the Aztec and Maya, Día de los Muertos melded with Christianity in Mexico and led to a rich cultural celebration now practiced in many countries. Food, beverages, flowers, and a time to remember the dead are common in all countries, and variations in dance and food favorites make each culture’s celebration unique. Trick-or-Treating through Old Town--the walk-through exhibit of a turn-of-the-last-century town--highlights the festivities and combines Day of the Dead and Halloween traditions.
2010 marks the fourth time that ASU Museum has collaborated with the staff at the Hispanic Community Services, Inc., of Jonesboro, to celebrate this festive occasion. Each year, the children of HCSI decorate an altar honoring deceased ancestors with traditional flowers, candles, and treats. Día de los Muertos is one of three free public programs in the ASU Museum’s Cultural Diversity Series. For more information visit http://museum.astate.edu or call 870-972-2074.