Libraries used to have a reputation as being dead quiet. That could not be further from the truth this Friday, Nov. 1, when the Driftwood Public Library brings Dia de Muertos celebrations to Lincoln City.
The party will invite people to celebrate the memories of lost loved ones through music, dancing, face-painting and an altar to which anyone can add a remembrance of friends and family members they wish to honor. It will also be a community-style potluck, with guests invited to bring a favorite dish to share.
The Day of the Dead is celebrated throughout Mexico and by people of Mexican heritage throughout the world. Scholars trace the origins of the modern Mexican holiday to indigenous observances dating back hundreds of years and to an Aztec festival dedicated to the goddess Mictecacihuatl.
The festival that developed into the modern Day of the Dead fell in the ninth month of the Aztec calendar and was celebrated for an entire month. The festivities were dedicated to the goddess known as the “Lady of the Dead,” corresponding to the modern La Calavera Catrina.
During the multi-day holiday, communities gather together to honor friends and family members who have died, and help keep their memories alive. Day of the Dead festivities unfold in an explosion of color and life-affirming joy. While the theme is death, the point is to demonstrate love and respect for deceased family members.
Friday’s event, which is free to all thanks to support from The Friends of Driftwood Library, will run from 6 to 8 pm at the library, located on the second floor at 801 SW Hwy. 101.