The A.K. Smiley Public Library will hold a Día de los Muertos Festival on Saturday, Nov. 2, at Smiley Park and the Contemporary Club.
Día de los Muertos is a Mexican holiday, a time to remember deceased loved ones and celebrate their lives. Altars, also called ofrendas, are set up to honor the departed, and are covered with photos, marigolds, sugar skulls, and the person’s favorite food and beverages.
The Día de los Muertos Festival will start at 11 a.m., with family crafts and activities in Smiley Park. A limited number of free lunches will also be served. At 1 p.m., Maria Carrillo will give a presentation on Mexican-American history in Redlands at the Contemporary Club, followed by a performance from St. Mary’s Ballet Folklorico.
Altars will be available for viewing from noon to 1 p.m. in the Contemporary Club. Members of the community are invited to bring family photos and mementos to the A.K. Smiley Public Library between Oct. 28 and Nov. 1 for the altars. These photos and items will not be returned. —Catherine
Posted: Oct. 23, 2019