Oct 24, 2023, 4:30 pm7:00 pm
Community altar building


Event Description

4:30 pm
Dancing by Atl Tlachinollli
Spoken word poetry featuring poet Bay Davis

6 pm
Reception with Pan de Muerto (bread of the dead), tamales, hot chocolate and Mexican food.

Day of the Dead is an Indigenous and Catholic syncretic practice in Mexico and Latin America that remembers and honors the deceased. Day of the Dead in the United States is a place where Latina/o/x communities can gather, honor, remember and claim space. In Latin America, the Day of the Dead is a family-centered celebration, where homes and graves are prepared to honor ancestors and family who have departed and their favorite foods and drink are offered. In the United States, the holiday has also become a cultural and artistic experience, where altar exhibitions and making, processions, and vigils are often accompanied by political messages to point to injustices that have caused unnecessary deaths. These events are celebrated in public and social locations rather than only cemeteries.

All are welcome to bring offerings, photos of deceased family and friends, poetry, or any other thing to share.

Open to the University community and the public.

  • Effron Center for the Study of America
  • Program in Latin American Studies