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New York Mills to celebrate ‘Day of the Dead’

Las Guadalupanas, a Mexican folklore dance company from Long Prairie, will perform at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, in the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center, as part of a full day of activities being held there in honor of the traditional Mexican festival, “Dia De Los Muertos,” or Day of the Dead. SUBMITTED PHOTO

This Saturday, Nov. 2, the community of New York Mills wll celebrate a traditional Mexican festival, the “Dia De Los Muertos,” known in America as the Day of the Dead.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, the NYM Regional Cultural Center and Creamery wil be open, with Mexican food served at the Creamery until 3 p.m.

ArtOrg from Canon Falls is partnering with the Center in making this project possible, along with the Mexican communities in Long Prairie, Perham and Pelican Rapids.

Everyone is invited to learn the traditions of Day of the Dead, to enjoy some of the foods of Mexico, and to meet new neighbors.

There will be large (4 x 8 feet) Day of the Dead prints in the Cultural Center Gallery from 10 a.m. to 4  p.m., along with a huge, 104-foot print on display in front of the Center.

This exhibit of Day of the Dead art will be open to the public from Oct. 30 through Nov. 7.

There will also be four large art panels, constituting a community “ofrenda” and made by artist Xavier Tavera, on display all day.

Day of the Dead pilgrims can post photographs of friends and family, or bring gifts of food or other items to please the dead, for display as part of this exhibit.

All guests of the Center on Saturday are invited to participate in this traditional Mexican custom.

There will be a presentation on the art of Day of the Dead by Tavera, a Jerome Foundation Fellow, at 11 a.m.

A Day of the Dead video, interpreting the meaning of the festival, will be available for viewing throughout the day.

Las Guadalupanas, a Mexican folklore dance company from Long Prairie, will perform at 2 p.m.

These Day of the Dead activities are funded, in part, by a grant from the Lake Region Arts Council through an appropriation of the Minnesota State Legislature.

For more information, please call 218-385-3339.