Life after Death: Celebrating Day of the Dead

Día de Muertos is a festive time when families remember their dead and honor the continuity of life. The celebration has roots in both ancient pre-Hispanic celebrations and medieval Spanish Catholic practices and has evolved to feature a blend of elements from both traditions. The Lam Museum’s annual exhibit celebrates this unique observance. The exhibit’s centerpiece is a traditional ofrenda, an altar with food and beverage offerings, flowers, sugar skulls, and photos of deceased loved ones. The colorful exhibit includes information on the celebration’s history, its unique skeleton-themed folk art, and the many ways it is celebrated. For 2023, the exhibit has been updated with all new text that further examines the diverse ways that people observe the holiday in both Mexico and the United States through artifacts and images. Visitors also have the opportunity to add their loved ones to our digital ofrenda here.  The exhibit presents text in English and Spanish.

Tuesday, September 26 at 10:00am to 4:30pm

More dates through December 8, 2023

Lam Museum of Anthropology
1315 Carroll Weathers Dr. Winston-Salem, NC 27109

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Arts & Entertainment, Exhibit, Multicultural / International, Next Week at Wake


Administrative, Museum of Anthropology

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Alumni, Faculty, General Public, Parents/Guests, Staff, Students, First-Year Undergraduate Students, Prospective Students




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Sara Cromwell

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