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Chef Joaquin's Cooking, Crafts Classes Were Among Activities Offered at IB Library for Dia de los Meurtos!

Nov 08, 2016 02:47PM ● By Linda Heath

Chef Joaquin's Cooking, Crafts Classes Were Among Activities Offered at Imperial Beach Library for Dia de los Meurtos Last Saturday!

There were skulls and flowers all over at the Imperial Beach Library in celebration of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) the Hispanic Tradition of celebrating our ancestors and relatives who have passed away.  

The Tradition started 3000 years ago with the Aztecs in remembrance of ancestors.  There would be a procession with dancing skeletons and altars with magnolia flowers and sugar skulls. There are photos of the dead and mementos on the altar to welcome the ancestors to the party. There would be music and picnics at the gravesite of the loved one to invite them into the celebration.  It is a happy time and enjoyed by all.

The I B Library was awash with vibrant colors and paper skeletons and a craft section where you could decorate your own sugar skull and skull picture.

There were traditional Mexican drinks and Chef Joaquin held a cooking demonstration with Tostadas, rice and beans, Mexican pasta salad and Shrimp Ceviche.  It was a feast for the eyes and stomach!  There was also wonderful sweet bread or Pan de Muerto for a sweet treat.  
There will be another taste treat cooking lesson by Chef Joaquin and Chef Ralph on December 14th at 6pm at the IB Library to demonstrate how to cook "Turducken".  Plan to attend and mark your calendar.
Linda Heath, Senior Reporter,


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