West Linn Tidings — August 9, 2018
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West Linn Alliance for Inclusive Community invites everyone to join the fun of learning to make pinata skulls for a special Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration this fall.
They will host a piñata making party from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 15 at the West Linn Public Library, 1595 Burns St. This is a free event.
August is a great time to make piñatas; the layers of paper mache need warm air and time to dry before they can be finished with crepe paper and other artistic touches. Youth will decorate the piñatas during the Dia de los Muertos celebration taking place Nov. 2 at Clackamas Community College. To create the 200 piñata skulls needed for the community event, piñata making parties are taking place at various locations in Clackamas County this summer. Already more than 80 have been made by youth and their families at parties held in Canby and Oregon City in July.
Day of the Dead is a tradition that originated among the Aztecs to honor relatives who had died and to invite their spirits to come back for a day. After the Spanish conquest of Mexico the ritual melded with the Old World Catholic celebrations of All Souls and All Saints days at the beginning of November. Today altars decorated with marigold flowers, candles and food are traditionally set up in Mexican homes to help the dead find their way back to their living loved ones.
The West Linn piñata making party is a collaboration between the West Linn Public Library, Clackamas County Arts Alliance and the West Linn Alliance for Inclusive Community. The party supports the countywide Dia de los Muertos celebration project spearheaded by the Clackamas County Arts Alliance and the Latino Arts Planning Group in partnership with Canby’s Bridging Cultures and Unite Oregon City. For more information about the West Linn event contact Rebecca Mayer at the library, 503-742-6180.
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