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Celebrate Día de los Muertos at the Illinois State Museum

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Eduardo Dorantes

Families are invited to the Illinois State Museum for a Día de los Muertos celebration. The event on Saturday (Nov 4) from 10am to 3pm and is free for museum visitors. Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a Latinx and Hispanic holiday celebrated on November 1st and 2nd to honor and cherish the memories of loved ones who have passed away.

 The event will feature fun activities, such as traditional Mexican games, flower crown making, traditional dance performances and more. A themed museum exhibit is also on view for visitors to experience.

 Honrando a Nuestros Ancestros: The Bridge Between the Living and the Dead exhibition is also on view for visitors to experience. Produced in collaboration with the Hispanic Women of Springfield and UIS Diversity Center, the exhibition features community ofrendas.

 "We are excited to be able to celebrate with families again this year. This event provides an opportunity for visitors to learn about Hispanic and Latinx culture, as well as the Day of the Dead, through engaging and family-friendly activities," said Jenn Edginton, the Interim Director of the Museum.

Event link:  https://www.illinoisstatemuseum.org/welcome-ism-springfield/ism-springfield-upcoming-events/2023/dia-de-los-muertos-family-day.html

Leah Lerner is a media writer, producer, and announcer at WSIU Public Broadcasting located at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Contact WSIU Radio at 618-453-6101 or email wsiunews@wsiu.org.
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