Xicanos Latinos Unida celebrates life through Dia de los Muertos

(Left to right) Bryan Soto and Daniel Garera attended Dia de los Muertos. Photo credit: Emily Lazear

Dia de los Muertos, translated as Day of the Dead, consists over multiple days, beginning on Oct. 31 and ending on Nov. 2.

It is a holiday formally observed by Mexico, and one with roots that span back thousands of years. In recent times, the remembrance is anchored by an ofrenda, which is an alter, that consists of Aztec marigold, calaveras, or sugar skulls, and the favorite foods, beverages and possessions of the beloved.

Xicanos Latinos Unida held an event for Dia de los Muertos this past Wednesday, Nov. 8 in the third floor of the Library.

The event was open to all, with students and faculty creating decorations to fill the ofrendas of their beloved with, decorating the iconic calaveras, folding paper Aztec marigolds and crafting papel picado. Eduardo Gutierrez, a professor emeritus that taught for 32 years at Metropolitan State University, and serves on the MCTC Latino advisory board, gave a brief talk on the history of Dia de los Muertos and the purpose it serves in today’s world.

“When participating in these traditions, you have to ask yourself: What do these traditions mean to me?” Gutierrez said. “Do these traditions include others and who don’t they include?”

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