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2006.10.23 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@mail.unomaha.edu

UNO to Celebrate Day of the Dead Nov. 2

Omaha - The Office of Latino/Latin American Studies of the Great Plains (OLLAS) at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) will host the Day of the Dead celebration on Thursday, Nov. 2. The event, a pre-Columbian tradition, will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the UNO Art Gallery in the Weber Fine Arts Building.  It is free and open to the public.

The Day of the Dead tradition, later mixed with Catholic rituals, is celebrated throughout the Americas, said Lourdes Gouveia, OLLAS director and associate professor of sociology at UNO.  In Mexico and Central America, people build elaborate altars in honor of a particular person or group. They then fill the altars with items that the honored person or group enjoyed in life.  This year's altar pays special homage to Latina/Latin American U.S. and local artists.

The Nov. 2 celebration will feature an altar in the gallery and refreshments--Day of the Dead bread and traditional Mexican hot chocolate.  A brief presentation on the history and the contemporary manifestations of the tradition begins at noon. For more information, call (402) 554-3835.

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