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Huntsville Public Library celebrates Day of the Dead showcasing history, artwork

Staff Reporter

Published: Monday, November 5, 2012

Updated: Monday, November 5, 2012 23:11

Dio de los Muertos

Caitlin Adamcik | The Houstonian

The Spanish class at the Huntsville Library made a pop up Day of the Dead Christmas card.

Huntsville Public Library held a Day of the Dead celebration Thursday. Beth Williamson hosted the event with her advanced Spanish class.

Williamson gave a short lecture about the Day of the Dead. According to Williamson, the celebrations last for two days. It is believed that on the first day, children visit the living, and on the second day, the adults come and join the celebrations.  

Williamson also discussed how the Day of the Dead has nothing to do with witchcraft or the Greek legend where the dead are like zombies who surface in search of blood. The Mexicans believe that the spirits of the dead come to visit their loved ones and cause no harm.

“I started celebrating it [Day of the Dead] because the second of November is my birthday,” Williamson said. “And that’s part of the sequence of events and it was an excuse to have a party and bake something and invite people and we had a lot of fun doing it.”

There were tables with student contributions such as artwork. On one table there was a vintage picture of a couple, a drawing of La Calavera Catrina, skeleton figurines and sugar skulls.

Another table had food and refreshments including coffee and special bread for this holiday called pan de muertos. The bread was an acquired taste. Some tables had Mexican cook books that included the recipe for pan de muertos.

There was an object similar to a Christmas pop-up card. It illustrated a scene in Mexico during the Day of the Dead celebrations.

Williamson puts on this event every year and teaches a free class at the public library for people who want to learn Spanish.

“I’m very pleased [with the success of the event],” Williamson said. “And it’s a lot of fun and people think of things to bring and share.”

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