El Dia De Los Muertos 2010

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Posted Mon, Nov 8, 2010

Denver—While Nov. 2 is notoriously known as Election Day, in the  U.S., it is also the significant holiday known as, El Dia de los Muertos, or the day of the dead. Students and Faculty at Auraria Campus celebrated El Dia de los Muertos at the St. Cajetans church on campus.

El Dia de los Muertos is a three day celebration that is recognized in Mexico and now the U.S. It begins at midnight on Oct. 31 and ends on Nov.2.

During these days the spirits of the deceased are allowed to visit and are greeted with beautiful decorations and food.

Emails and fliers were posted on campus to promote the event and entertainment. Guests were invited to come and go as they pleased.

“Normally I celebrate at home and thought I’d check it out,” said Metro State Freshman Jacqueline Alba-Torres.

The doors opened. Tables, or alters, were decorated with candles, painted skulls, marigolds, and pictures, and were set up along two walls. 

Music performed live by Mariachi Vasquez, a family mariachi group, echoed in the church and provided entertainment for the guests while they lined up to eat some homemade dishes that were prepared for the special occasion.

Once everyone had finished their meal, it was time to start decorating the sugar skulls. 

Sugar skulls are important because they add decoration to the altar.

There are many different cups of paint and feathers that are used for this activity.

 Vice President of the Hispanic Scholarship chapter at Metro, Anias Torres was one of the many student groups that helped put this event together, decorated a sugar skull. 

Torres normally does not celebrate this holiday but overall she thought it was a good event and was most excited for the dancers that were scheduled to perform later in the evening.

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