Day of the Dead
What is Día de Muertos? (Day of the Dead)
The Day of the Dead (el Día de los Muertos), is a Mexican holiday where families welcome back the souls of their deceased relatives for a brief reunion that includes food, drink and celebration. A blend of Mesoamerican ritual, European religion and Spanish culture, the holiday is celebrated each year from October 31- November 2. While October 31 is Halloween, November 1 is “el Dia de los innocents,” or the day of the children, and All Saints Day. November 2 is All Souls Day or the Day of the Dead. According to tradition, the gates of heaven are opened at midnight on October 31 and the spirits of children can rejoin their families for 24 hours. The spirits of adults can do the same on November 2.
Día de Muertos Celebration
Friday, October 30th, 5-7:00 p.m. via Zoom
The event will include a cultural appropriation discussion facilitated by MEChA Advisor Janet Flores. After the discussion, we will be playing Lotería, making tissue flowers and painting sugar skulls.
All the materials will be provided prior to the event at the Día de Muertos kit distributions on both the SLO and North County Campuses
To attend and claim your Día de Muertos kit, sign up at Eventbrite using the following link:
Día de Muertos Virtual Altar
We will be creating a virtual altar on Cuesta’s website!
Please submit photos of deceased loved ones, including your pets, to:
The deadline for submitting photos will be October 5th at 5:00 p.m.
The Photos will be displayed from October 26th - November 2nd
Check out the flyers below to learn more about some of the traditions of Día de Muertos!
- What is a Día de Muertos altar?
- How to Make Paper Marigolds
- Cultural Appropriation
- Coco Coloring Pages
- Bread of the Dead
Cuesta Cultural Center
San Luis Obispo, Building 5100, Rooms 5104A/B
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