Día de Muertos is a celebration that honors our deceased loved ones and invites their spirits to join us in a celebration of their life and memory. Día de Muertos is most popular in México but is celebrated in many Latin American countries on November 1st and 2nd each year. The rich history and enduring cultural significance of this event led to its recognition by UNESCO as part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2008.
This year, the faculty of the Latin American Studies minor, the Latin American Student Association, and the Center for Faith and Spirituality invite you to celebrate this event with us by creating an ofrenda – an altar in memory of loved one(s) that is decorated with items that honor their memory. We hope that not only will you enjoy this creative challenge but it will also provide you with an opportunity to learn more about this unique celebration and its place in Latin American culture.
Día de Muertos is a community event. We encourage you to reach out to your family or collaborate with friends in creating the ofrenda. What memories do you all share? What are new stories will you learn about your loved ones? As much as it is a celebration of those who are no longer with us, it is also an opportunity for us to come together and share stories, memories, and laughter with the living. In this time of distance we hope this project will help us create community and connections. (Additionally, you have an opportunity to win one of three gift cards for your submission.)