Freyberger Gallery to celebrate Day of the Dead with presentation Nov. 2

READING, Pa. — The Penn State Berks Freyberger Gallery will celebrate the Day of the Dead, a Mexican holiday devoted to honoring deceased ancestors, with a special presentation at 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 2. This event is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served.

Cesar Garza Martinez, associate professor of mathematics, and Marilyn Fox, Freyberger Gallery director, are the co-curators of the event. Martinez will give a presentation on "Dia de los Muertos," which focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember loved ones, and to help support their spiritual journey. Attendees are invited to talk about the deceased, as is the tradition in Mexico. In addition, traditional Mexican foods and a chocolate beverage will be served.

Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars called “ofrendas,” as well as honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and their favorite foods and beverages, and visiting graves with these gifts.

The Freyberger Gallery is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursdays; and noon to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. For more information, contact Fox at 610-396-6140 or

Last Updated September 24, 2015