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Mexican artists bring Day of the Dead crafts to UNT on the Square

Day of the Dead calaverasVisitors can learn how to make symbols from Day of the Dead festivities Nov. 3-5 at UNT on the Square.

The workshops will be led by artists from the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico who are visiting UNT.

The activities begin at 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Nov. 3 with a workshop on decoratively painting calaveras, or clay skulls, which are symbols that honor the deceased. Those workshops will continue at the same times Nov. 4. 

At 2 p.m. Nov. 3 and Nov. 4, artists will also teach participants to make papel picado, which is paper that is cut out to make a decoration.

An exhibition of the items made by participants will be displayed from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 5. It will also feature an ofrenda de muserto, an altar that honors a deceased love one.

There is no fee but reservations are required. Contact UNT on the Square at 940-369-8257 or Meredith.buie@unt.edu to reserve a place. The event is limited to 10 persons per session and participants must be 12 years or older.

Day of the Dead is a holiday originated by the indigenious population of Mexico before the Spanish arrived. Villagers in Mexico often display the skulls – traditionally made out of sugar and chocolate – in their downtown. The celebrants will go to cemeteries to remember the dead with vigils that include food, candles and music.

The festivities take place Oct. 31, Nov. 1 and Nov. 2 in conjunction with All Saints’ Eve, All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.

UNT has been working with UAEM for more than 10 years on a variety of research projects and cultural and exchange programs.

“One of the latest tasks to bring the arts and cultures of both universities,” said Manuel Goel, director of UNT/UAEM Academic Liasons for UNT-International.

- Jessica DeLeón, University Relations, Communications and Marketing

 

 

Posted on: Wed 28 October 2015

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