Celebrating Día De Los Muertos
Día de Los Muertos is a traditional celebration held by Mexico and other Latin American countries. This celebration goes on for three days, beginning Oct. 31, and continuing through Nov. 2. This memorable extended holiday is when families come together to celebrate their passed loved ones by creating beautiful altars with their pictures and placing particular objects they enjoyed while they were alive.
The Spanish program in the Department of Languages and Literature came together for the Día de Los Muertos traditions to help Eastern New Mexico University students better understand exactly what this extended holiday is all about. The Spanish program held special events for all three days. At the same time, they were holding contests for students with the best altar and poem.
Oct. 31, (All Hallows Eve): Beatriz Villa, third-generation baker, taught students how to make Pan de Muertos to place on their altars.
Nov. 1, (All Saints Day): Professional body painter and artist Natalia Torres Alvarado taught students step-by-step how to paint their faces like a Catrina Calavera.
Nov. 2, (All Souls Day): The Spanish program held a virtual presentation of the created altars students had made and submitted, and they also read the winning Spanish and English Poems.
Good job to all the students who won! Their altars and poems were creative and stood out. A huge thank you to the Spanish program for taking the time to teach ENMU’s students about this special Latin culture holiday.