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Nevada State Museum celebrates El Dia de Muertos or Day of the Dead

The Nevada State Museum celebrates El Día de Muertos or Day of the Dead from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 6, 2010.

Day of the Dead is a multicultural celebration of life through death. In this wholesome, family holiday, participants learn to deal with death in a healthy way by celebrating the lives of dear ones that has passed away. The holiday has become very popular in recent years and is celebrated in schools, homes, community centers and museums in all 50 states.

Day of the Dead is a very tender holiday where relatives remember and honor deceased loved ones with great warmth, affection and respect. Special exhibits, called ofrendas, are set up with a display of memorabilia from a departed loved one. This may include a photo of the person, samples of their favorite foods, symbols of activities they loved and bright yellow flowers. A traditional bread called pan de muertos is abundantly displayed during the festival. Sugar skulls are decorated and fancy paper cut-outs add color to the displays.

The Nevada State Museum’s 2010 Day of the Dead celebration includes crafts for all ages, stories, songs, dance, special exhibits, fine art presentations, video and lecture. This year’s special program includes the International Folkloric Ballet of Reno. Visitors can relax and enjoy food and beverages outside the museum in Loftin Park.

Crafts include the popular sugar skulls (calaveras de azúcar), fancy paper designs (papel picado), folkloric figurines and paper flowers. Bilingual volunteers will be available to assist children of all ages. Sponsors include the Nevada Appeal, Latino Parent Association, Galvan Family, Aztec Bakery (Panaderia Azteca), Claudia Servin, Miriam Torres, Miriam Silis, International Folkloric Ballet, Claudia Aguilar, Video Centro, Carson City Library and Friends of the Nevada State Museum.

The Nevada State Museum actively engages people in understanding and celebrating Nevada’s natural and cultural heritage. Exhibits highlight the state’s history, geology, plants and animals, Native American cultural heritage, Historic Carson City Mint, a replica walk-through mine and ghost town. Due to mandatory state budget restrictions, the museum is closed Sunday – Tuesday, and open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday – Saturday. See the new changing exhibit, Smoke & Shadow: An Exploration of Nevada Landscapes, featuring art by Patricia Wallis on display outside the Natural History Gallery on the second floor. Please enter through the Dema Guinn Concourse. Admission: $8 for adults and free for children 17 and under and museum members. For information, call (775) 687-4810.

The Nevada State Museum is one of seven managed by the state Division of Museums and History, an agency of the Nevada Department of Cultural Affairs. The Department serves Nevada’s citizens and visitors through cultural and information management, presentation and promotion of cultural resources, and education. The Department also includes the State Office of Historic Preservation, Nevada State Library and Archives and the Nevada Arts Council.

For more information, please call Teresa Moiola at (775) 687-8323 or visit the department’s website at

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