Día de los Muertos de Mascotas
Remembering our dearly departed companion animals
Opening Reception: Saturday, OCT. 10, 2015 (7 to 10 pm)
It’s NELAArt Second Saturday Gallery Night!
On view by appointment to Oct. 30 (Call 323-254-4565)
You know when Hallmark has a special ornament and Walmart has calavera costumes, Día de los Muertos has become a thing. We still like it in its pure form because we believe in remembering the ancestors. So, we will celebrate it in Oct. concentrating on remembrances of our beloved pets. You are invited to bring a picture and perhaps a story about or note to your best friend. We’ll have paper and pencils for you to jot something down and pin to the wall.
For real Día de los Muertos is celebrated Oct. 31–Nov. 2.
All cultures celebrate the ancestors and their cultures in some way. In fact, in 2008, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) established its Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists! The Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity comprises cultural “practices and expressions that help demonstrate the diversity of this heritage and raise awareness about its importance.” The List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding is composed of “those cultural elements that concerned communities and countries consider require urgent measures to keep them alive.” Check out the lists (wikipedia, of course) when you have a few minutes—they are really fascinating...
• Shrimp fishing on horseback in Oostduinkerke. Belgium
• The technique of leak-proof partitions of Chinese junks
• Celebrations of big shoulder-borne processional structures, Italy
• The Indigenous Festivity dedicated to the Dead, Mexico
• Mongolian knuckle-bone shooting
• Turkish coffee culture and tradition
• The Space of Gong Culture, Vietnam
• Practices and expressions of joking relationships in Niger