Día de los Muertos brings color to the community

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Mitchell Roland

Joey Packer (left) and Roberto Chavez (right). Diversity and Equity Center (DEC) staff provided games, pan de muerto and candy for students celebrating Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead.

Aeryn Kauffman & Bailey Tomlinson

The Diversity and Equity Center (DEC) held a Día de los Muertos celebration, complete with pan de muerto, art, games and music on the SURC Patio East on Friday, Oct. 30 from 4-7 p.m.

Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a celebration of life and death and a time to remember friends and family who have passed.

Traditionally, families who celebrate Day of the Dead will write poems for loved ones, make altars, called ofrendas, to leave food offerings at, and leave flowers on graves of those who have passed away.

The DEC set up a large sand tapestry in the SURC Pit in addition to the activities on the SURC Patio. Sugar skulls, candles and Mexican marigolds adorned tables in the SURC Pit and large boards displayed facts about the holiday.

Program Manager for the DEC Elizabeth Vidaurri said staff at the event “want to pay homage to Mexico and others.”

Mitchell Roland
Mitchell Roland