Day of the Dead 2017

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Come celebrate El Día de los Muertos in and around the Luria Library!


From Saturday, October 28, through Friday, November 3, the altar exhibit, sponsored by El Día de los Muertos Committee, can be viewed at Luria Library. You can view the previous year’s exhibit here. We’ll have books about the holiday on display as well.

But wait! There’s more… A series of events Thursday, November 2 from 11am – 3pm on the West Campus, just outside of the library! Together with the events organized by the Día de los Muertos Committee, the Student Equity Committee will be hosting their second annual Putting Inequity to Rest event. Join us to learn more about SBCC clubs, student activities, and to participate in activities, poetry, music, dance and more.

Some background on this tradition:

El Día de los Muertos, Day of the Dead, is a Mexican tradition that dates back to the ancient indigenous peoples of Mexico. The festival takes place on November 1st (All Saints Day) and November 2nd (All Souls Day), respectively. It is believed that the souls of departed children return on the first day and are greeted with gifts of toys and balloons adorning their graves. On the second day, all departed spirits return to earth to eat, drink, and celebrate with their kin. [source]

Día de los Muertos symbolism is characterized by colorful sugar skills, skeletons, bright paper cut-outs, face painting, and marigolds. These attributes are not only to decorate grave sites, but also are used to create beautiful altars in celebration of the deceased. While el Día de los Muertos may appear macabre to those unfamiliar with the tradition, it is as much a celebration of life as it is a recognition of death as part of the life cycle.

Other Local Events

Celebrating at Home:

  • Create your own sugar skulls!
  • Craft a Matchbox Shrine.
  • Or become a calavera for Halloween.
  • Genealogy to strengthen your roots: Ask your older relatives to share family stories with you. Research your family tree online.