Skull decorating contest begins at Manvel Library

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By Karolyn Gephart

A 2019 Sugar Skull Decoration Contest will be held this year at the Manvel Branch Library and everyone is invited to compete.

It’s part of the Brazoria County Library System, the Brazoria County Historical Museum and the Brazoria County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s plan to recognize Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead, a holiday which is celebrated November 1-2.

The library system is holding a contest to decorate paper sugar skulls. Sugar skulls are used during the celebration as sweet treats and as decorations.

Five decorated sugar skulls will be chosen from each of the 12 library branches as winners. All completed skulls will be displayed in the museum’s exhibit beginning October 19.

The Historical Museum is creating a Dia de los Muertos exhibit which will run from October 29 to November 30. The winning decorated paper skulls from the Manvel Library as well as the other county libraries will be on display at the Museum at 100 E. Cedar in Angleton.

The decorating contest is open to all ages.

To enter the contest, go by the Manvel Branch Library at 20514B Hwy 6 and select the template of a skull. Place name and Library name on the form with A if adult. Cut out the skull.

Examples of decorated skulls will be on display but participants can create their own original or research other examples.

No food such as dried beans, corn, rice can be used for decorating. Crayon, paint, fabric, markers, glitter, stickers, tissue paper, sequins or other craft décor may be used. Extras such as bows, ties, scarves, hair, ribbons and other items like this can be used also if desired. 

Once completed, turn in to the Children’s Librarian. Skulls must be turned in by September 28.

Winners will be announced by October 4.

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According to Wikipedia, The Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de Muertos) is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico, and by people of Mexican heritage elsewhere. The multi-day holiday involves family and friends gathering to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and helping support their spiritual journey. The day is not a day of sadness but instead, a day of celebration.

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