Colorado State University - Pueblo sponsors Day of the Dead celebration and altar contest


Colorado State University - Pueblo sponsors Day of the Dead celebration and altar contest

PUEBLO – Colorado State University – Pueblo will celebrate the Day of the Dead, Dia de los Muertos, with a prayer vigil, dances, explanatory video, and altar contest and exhibit from 12-2 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 2 in the Occhiato University Center. The event is sponsored by the Catholic Campus Ministry, Chicanos Studies Program, Spanish Program, M.E.Ch.A., Mujeres Unidas, Diversity Resource Center, Bellas Sorority, and the Office of Student Activities.

The Día de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead, is celebrated throughout Mexico and the
U. S. Southwest states and coincides with the Christian All Souls and All Saints Days,
November 1 and 2 respectively. On these days, people remember those who are deceased. Dia de los Muertos is one of Mexico's traditional holidays reuniting and honoring beloved ancestors, family, and friends. The historical roots of this celebration date back to the pre-Hispanic cultures of Meso-America of the indigenous people, especially the Nahuatl (Aztecs), and others native to Mexico for more than 3,000 years (Mayans, Toltecs, Tlaxcaltec, Chichimec, Tecpanec, among others).

Día de los muertos altars will be on display in the OUC Ballroom and the Great Hall. If a student club, campus organizations, office, or community person or organization would like to participate in creating an altar, you must reserve a space by emailing or calling Student Events Coordinator Kellie Close at 549-2205 or kellie.close@colostate-pueblo.edu. Altars may be set up between 1- 8 p.m. on November 1.  Altars will be judged by CSU-Pueblo faculty with prizes awarded by the Office of Student Activities.

A 20-minute video and handouts on the meaning and tradition of the Día de los muertos (Day of the Dead) will be available throughout the day in the OUC Ballroom In addition, several food items will be offered free, including atole and pan de muerto from Mexico (fundraiser for M.E.Ch.A) and colada morada and guaguas de pan from Ecuador.

A non-denominational prayer vigil will be held during the 6-8 p.m. celebration in the OUC Ballroom for those who have passed on. At the vigil, attendees may honor their loved ones by placing a photo of them at the designated prayer table.

The day and evening time slots both will feature performances by Aztec Dancers.

Colorado State University - Pueblo is a regional, comprehensive university emphasizing professional, career-oriented, and applied programs. Displaying excellence in teaching, celebrating diversity, and engaging in service and outreach, CSU-Pueblo is distinguished by access, opportunity, and the overall quality of services provided to its students.