Day of the Dead 2019

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

This week, an altar exhibit, supplies provided by the ESL Department, can be viewed at Luria Library and other locations around campus (look out for a walking map!).

Other locations include the:

  • ESL Building
  • School of Modern Languages (3rd floor Humanities)
  • Spanish Club (3rd floor Humanities)
  • Center for Equity & Social Justice (WCC-207)
  • EOPS (SS-240)
  • Welcome Center/Enrollment Services (SS Building)

You can view previous years’ Luria Library exhibits here, including the picture above. We’ll have books about the holiday on display as well.

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. Traditionally, the festival takes place on November 1st (All Saints Day) and November 2nd (All Souls Day). 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 skulls, skeletons, bright paper cut-outs, face painting, marigolds, and more. These attributes are used to decorate grave sites and create colorful altars, or ofrendas (literally meaning “offering”), 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. [source]

Local Events

Celebrate at Home

  • Create your own sugar skulls!
  • Craft a Matchbox Shrine.
  • Become a calavera.
  • Ask about your genealogy to strengthen your roots. Talk to older relatives to share family stories with you, or research your family tree online.