Poland library celebrates Day of the Dead
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Neighbors | Jessica Harker.Before decorating sugar skulls, librarian Annette Ahrens gave a presentation about the history of the Day of the Dead, the Mexican holiday honoring members of the community who died on the which they believe the souls of the dead return.
Neighbors | Jessica Harker.The movie "CoCo" played in the backround of the Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, celebration at the Poland library while librarian Annette Ahrens and others decorated sugar skulls.
Neighbors | Jessica Harker.Librarian Annette Ahrens decorated a sugar skull on Nov. 1 at the Poland library's Dia de los Muertos event.
Neighbors | Jessica Harker.Librarian Annette Ahrens, along with Hannah and Jacob Dees, watched "CoCo" and decorated sugar skulls at the Poland library.
Neighbors | Jessica Harker.Hannah Dees decorated a sugar skull on Nov. 1 at the Poland library to celebrate the Day of the Dead.
By JESSICA HARKER
The Poland library hosted a Dia de los Muertos sugar skull decorating celebration on Nov. 1.
Librarian Annette Ahrens organized the event.
“A lot of people think that it’s Mexican Halloween but it’s not,” Ahrens said. “It coincides with All Saints Day.”
To begin the event, Ahrens gave a presentation about the history of the Day of the Dead. She explained the history behind how the Day of the Dead merged from a month long celebration to being focused on two days.
Ahrens said Nov. 1 is the day the souls of the children who have died return, and Nov. 2 is the adults.
“One way the people of Mexico celebrate is the creation of the ofrenda,” Ahrens said.
An ofrenda is like an alter where people place pictures, items the people who are dead liked, marigolds, food, sugar skulls and more.
“Often they hold private family celebrations in cemeteries, cleaning the graves and removing weeds from the ground,” Ahrens said.
After the presentation people gathered at the event decorated sugar skulls.
Ahrens provided skulls and royal icing, along with sequins and other decorative pieces to use on the skulls.
The library played the movie “Coco” in the background during the event, which Ahrens said is a good representation of the Day of the Dead in Mexico.
“It’s a very cool holiday that has a long history,” she said.