Day of the Dead is a Mexican celebration that begins on October 31 and ends November 2nd. The multi-day holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember loved ones who have died and to help support their spiritual journey. Traditionally, an altar is made and family members place food, drinks, photos, and candles on the altar to honor the souls of their loved ones who have passed away. Skulls made from sugar, and other skeleton imagery, is also traditional for Day of the Dead.
Students brought in photos, candles, and food offerings to be placed on the altar. An important symbol of Día de los Muertos is the “cempasuchil”, or marigold in English. Students made paper cempasuchiles to decorate the altar.
Freshmen McKenna Weiss and Christian Jackowski baked and shared homemade “Pan de Muertos”, which is the traditional bread served on Day of the Dead.