Once the Glazer Children's Museum wraps up its big 2017 Halloween party, the celebration will shift for the remainder of the week to honoring an international holiday of a different sort: Mexico's Dia de los Muertos.
- Dia de los Muertos means "Day of the Dead"
- Celebration runs Nov. 1-5
- For more information, visit glazermuseum.org
Dia de los Muertos, or "Day of the Dead" has its origins in Mexico --- a time to honor loved ones who have passed away with elaborate flower-filled altars and offerings, and nearly everywhere and on everyone, painted skulls and skeletons.
It's this tradition that the museum hopes to honor starting with a few dabs of color and the youngest of artists.
Meet 4-year-old Liana Ramsey.
She is delicately painting a sugar skull about the size of her hand.
Her favorite color: green.
Photo: Virginia Johnson, staff
And as for the life-sized papier-mache’ skeletons, the museum offers the same thing, albeit on a much smaller scale—with cotton swabs.
Liana's mom Robin Ramsey says this is the age of learning through play.
“We have friends from a lot of different places, so it's great that they can play and like learn about places that they may not have experienced themselves," said Ramsey.
The crafts are a tool to teach greater lessons, explained Jennifer Stancil, President and CEO of Glazer Children’s Museum.
"And so if we can shed a light on a culture like - through Day of the Dead or through Ramadan or through Eid, those kinds of opportunities where we celebrate different cultures, we just celebrate all kids and how they can come together and work together as global citizens," Stancil said.
The first step for little Liana Ramsey's Global Citizenship is one sweetened by the painted sugar skull she holds up for the camera and lists her color choices.
“Blue, green, red yellow and purple," she explained, looking down at her creation.
May your Day of the Dead be filled with reverence and respect with offerings of sweetness and love for those precious family members who have passed on.
The museum is planning more cultural celebrations, including the food and culture of Native Americans and people from around the world. To learn more, visit glazermuseum.org.