Featured Books on Special Occasions
The Latino holiday book: from Cinco de Mayo to Dia de los Muertos-
|Glendale CC Library - REF - GT4803 .M45 2000|
|Glendale CC Library - GENERAL - GT2490 .Q85 2010|
|Glendale CC Library - GENERAL - F1233 .M645 2006|
Each May 5th, Cinco de Mayo celebrations are held in cities throughout the United States, but few people understand the holidays meaning. This A&E Special recounts the events that centered on the sweltering May morning in 1862 when an ill-equipped Mexican army, along with Zacapoaxtla Indians and ordinary citizens, defeated an invading French army in a history-changing battle. A riveting story!
With the arrival of the conquistadors, many ancient Mesoamerican rituals were absorbed into Christian holidays. This program examines a collection of sacred, social, and artistic traditions that survived European assimilation and now compose one of Mexicos most important annual festivals. The film follows the travels and experiences of a young Purépecha artisan, her grandmother, and their family during the weeks leading up to the Days of the Dead. As these struggling craftspeople market their wares, study new techniques, and prepare for their deceased patriarchs spiritual return, viewers will see a wide variety of folk art practicesfrom pottery painting to flower decoration to papier-mâché skeleton sculpturecoalesce into a momentous cultural event.
In My Americas, Mexican American hosts Roberto Alcaraz and Leticia Vásquez travel into the rich cultural and spiritual life of Latin America in search of their heritage. In this program, Roberto travels to Oaxaca to discover one of Mexicos most defining and colorful feasts, celebrated every year on November 2nd. His search takes him from markets to the pre-Columbian ruins of Monte Albán and Mitla, an ornate Dominican church, and to the home of a Zapotec family of rug weavers. He learns about the familys art, their daily struggles, their traditions, and the importance of Day of the Dead in their life. Roberto ends his adventure with a midnight stroll in a candlelit cemetery where families remember their deceased loved ones.
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