Day of the Dead celebrated in downtown Skokie
Young fingers tie on a skull mask Saturday as the Libertad Restaurant and Bughouse Arts Studio co-hosted a Day of the Dead celebration at the downtown Skokie restaurant. | Dan Luedert~Sun-Times Media
Updated: December 4, 2011 10:13AM
Two new downtown businesses teamed together Saturday to celebrate Mexico’s yearly tradition, Day of the Dead.
The Bughouse Studio and the Libertad Restaurant hosted a day of creative activities at the Skokie restaurant, 7931 Lincoln Ave. Andrea Horyn of Bughouse Studio, a new arts school at 4845 Oakton St., helped kids with creating arts and crafts projects.
Although Day of the Dead or All Souls’ Day commemorates the legacy of past civilizations and people who have passed on, it is not a dark and somber occasion as celebrated in Mexico and some other countries.
It is predicated on the belief that death is a transition from one life to another and communication exists between the living and the dead. This communication, under the belief, takes place once a year on Nov. 2 throughout the country.
The custom of Day of the Dead in Mexico was established by pre-colonial Mexican civilizations.
At www.dayofthedead.com, the tradition is described as “not a mournful commemoration but a happy and colorful celebration where death takes a lively, friendly expression.”
— Mike Isaacs