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Celebrating the dead

Artist Juan Gonzales celebrates Dia de los Muertos — the Mexican holiday, Day of the Dead — by dedicating an artistic altar to his mother and grandparents. This year, his altar made of family photos, breast cancer ribbons, old records and food items is on display at The Haggin Museum.

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Posted: Friday, October 29, 2010 8:10 am

Woodbridge artist Juan Gonzalez remembers his mother with bright orange and yellow marigolds, framed black and white photos, pink ribbons and ceramic skeleton dolls.

Each year, Gonzalez builds an altar for the Mexican tradition Dia de los Muertos — Day of the Dead, a bright-colored holiday to celebrate the lives of friends and family members who have died. Gonzalez, 65, has been building altars for the holiday since he was in his 40s. This year, however, he was commissioned by Stockton’s Haggin Museum to build its annual altar, displayed in the museum through next week.

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