COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (KMTV) – Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a celebration of life as well as death. It is a time when people remember their loved ones and all the moments that marked their lives.
At a time when many in the community have recently said goodbye to someone, Council Bluffs Library invites patrons to join in on the holidays and is hosting a community ofrenda to honor those who have left.
“We wanted to have a place for everyone to remember those we have lost over the past year to COVID, but also just recognize the importance of memories and generations,” said Antonia Krupicka-Smith .
An ofrenda is an altar that often features photos of those who have passed away. The library will use copies of the photos given to them for public display.
Food and drink, usually a person’s favorite, are also a staple of the ofrendas.
“We are looking for canned, non-perishable canned goods, because whatever is put on the ofrenda will then be donated to the Care and Share House,” Krupicka-Smith said.
About 10% of the population of Pottawatomie County is Hispanic, but the community of Orenda will be open to people from all walks of life.
“We hope that people can share their culture and understanding, as well as simple community solidarity,” said Krupicka-Smith.
The library will host a Dia de los Muertos celebration on October 30.
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