Los Dias de los Muertos Returns 2010

We are honored to host the annual Day of the Dead altars in the Luria Library. Each year this colorful exhibit fills the main floor of the library for the community to appreciate.

Ancient Mexicans believed dead people moved on to a different world. Death was another kind of living. Spanish priests, wanting to replace the indigenous religion with the Catholic one, tried to stop the people’s celebrations for the dead. When that didn’t work, they combined the traditions with the ancient Catholic holy days for the dead. All souls and All Saints Days, on November 1st and 2nd.

The altars at Santa Barbara City College have a long history. They are available for viewing from October 24-29 during the library hours. A special Altar Reception will take place on Friday, October 29 from 5:30pm-9:00pm. Please be sure to come by.

If you can’t make it to the library, catch the short video of the altars.