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TWU Library to feature 'Day of the Dead:All Souls Day' exhibit


DENTON — The history and origins of the Day of the Dead celebration will be highlighted in a month-long exhibit at the Texas Woman’s University Blagg-Huey Library in Denton.

“Day of the Dead: All Souls Day” will be on display Sept. 13 through Oct. 15 on the first floor of the library and is free and open to the public during regular library hours. For hours and additional information about the library, visit

The origins of the Day of the Dead celebration date back thousands of years to an Aztec festival dedicated to the goddess Mictecacihuatal. Today’s celebration involves families visiting cemeteries and churches to pray for loved ones who have died. Family photos and favorite foods, toys and other items closely associated with the deceased are placed side by side on an “ofrenda,” or altar, providing a number of different avenues of memory through which the living and the dead can reunite.

The library exhibit will feature an altar on which students and the campus community can leave photographs, silk flowers, toys, non-perishable food items and other favorite objects of their loved ones. Mexican artwork, pottery, ceramics and clothing also will be exhibited. Celebrations from other countries also will be displayed.

Library assistant Kimberly Johnson is curator of the exhibit.

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Karen Garcia
Senior Writer

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