San José Museum of Art to celebrate el Día de los Muertos

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SAN JOSE, California (September 17, 2013)—The San Jose Museum of Art will celebrate El Dìa de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) with a free community day on Saturday, November 2, 2013, from 11 AM to 5 PM. The popular annual family event is SJMA’s contemporary celebration of a 2,500 year-old tradition and includes a wide range of multigenerational activities. Festivities include a variety of hands-on art activities, including sugar-skull decorating, cultural demonstrations, performing skeletons, live music, and other performances.  Admission to the program and the Museum is free on November 2.

El Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is an important and joyful holiday, celebrated in Latin America and parts of the United States, which brings families together to celebrate the lives of their dead ancestors. Officially celebrated on November 1 and 2, the holiday brings families and communities together to share their love and respect for their loved ones with all night vigils, song and dance, sharing of special holiday foods, and by building altars. Observance of the holiday in Mexican-American communities in the United States continues to grow. As Day of the Dead customs develop within the cultures of the United States, new traditions evolve. SJMA Community Day festivities are a traditional and inter-cultural modernization of the Day of the Dead celebration.

SAN JOSE MUSEUM OF ART
The San Jose Museum of Art celebrates new ideas, stimulates creativity, and inspires connection with every visit. Welcoming and thought-provoking, the Museum rejects stuffiness and delights visitors with its surprising and playful perspective on the art and artists of our time.
The San Jose Museum of Art is located at 110 South Market Street in downtown San Jose, California. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 408-271-6840 or visit www.SanJoseMuseumofArt.org.

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