October 14 2015 Presentation

Skulls, Skeletons and Sweets",

with IMS Executive Vice President Marta Barber


The Day of the Dead tradition in Middle America – and quickly spreading to Latino enclaves in the United States – may have a modern birth, but its origin dates back millennia. Unlike Halloween, a celebration that is mostly reserved for children, the Day of the Dead festivities are certainly geared for adults. Don’t think, though, that it is all tears and laments as people remember their loved ones gone. It is a joyful, two-day celebration interpreted as a welcoming of the ancestors long gone and the recent dead who come back for a closer interaction with family and friends. Food, drink and flowers are offered in beautiful displays that you can find in city parks, homes, and obviously, cemeteries. With IMS Vice President Marta Barber. Marta has traveled extensively throughout Middle America and has been part of many Day of the Dead celebrations.



Altar in San Miguel de Allende 

Altar in San Miguel de Allende. Flowers such as marigolds are laid on the altars and cut out paper art is displayed. There are key colors to the celebration (red, orange, purple and yellow) each representing a cardinal direction. Candles are also lit at the altars and food and drink are placed near the photos. Photo by Georgeann Johnson.






Cemetery scene(Right) Cemetery scene, San Christóbal de las Casa, Chiapas. Photo by Mike Young.


skeleton(Left)There are always plenty of skeletons and skulls – made of wood or sugar, miniature or life-size. Photo by Georgeann Johnson.










This Meeting will be held at 

Miami Dade College Kendall Campus

11011 SW 104 Street

Miami, FL 33176-3393
Room 402 in *Building R*

IMS Maya Hotline: 305-279-8110



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