Taking place from Oct. 29 through Nov. 2, the Multicultural Student Services will be celebrating Dia de Los Muertos.
“We here at Multicultural Student Services (MSS) and the groups of BESO, SHPE, OELA, Sigma Lambda Beta, Alpha Pi Sigma are interested in educating people about this very special holiday,” Guillermo Munoz of the MSS said.
This holiday, which typically takes place in Latin American countries, will be celebrated throughout the duration of the week by the clubs. The groups plan on setting up altars for exhibition in honor of this special time.
“The altar is considered the focal point and usually decorated to reflect the deceased’s favorite food, drink and other various items,” Munoz said.
In addition to the altars, each group plans to host activities on the Brava Stage of the Student Union Building every day of the week from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Kimber Medellin, freshman chemistry major, said she is, “excited to see that the university has so many versatile groups and is open to broadening its horizons by not only celebrating Halloween this time of year.”
“For La Dia de Los Muertos in Mexico, everyone gets excited and no one takes it lightly. It’s not a celebration for death, but one in honor of those who have fallen; and it’s a beautiful thing,” said Salvador Barba, freshman business major.
“It is believed that the gates of heaven are opened on midnight Oct 31 and the spirits of all deceased children are allowed to reunite with their families for 24 hours,” Munoz said.
This year the celebration lasts five days.