Cultural Day
Dia De Los Muertos

The Spanish program celebrates this 3000 year old ritual

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Dia De Los Muertos Celebration

When the Spanish Conquistadors landed in what is now Mexico, they encountered natives practicing a 3,000-year-old ritual that seemed to mock death. Unlike the Spaniards, who viewed death as the end of life, the natives viewed it as the continuation of life. They built alters to remember their loved ones, and welcomed back their spirits.

To celebrate this ritual and provide insight into another culture, Cedar Crest College held a celebration of the Mexican holiday of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead).

Tompkins College Center dining hall was filled with students who eagerly cheered on Mexican dancers and musicians and who viewed the traditional Alter de Muertos, which students decorated the day before.

The event was brought to campus by The Cedar Crest College Spanish program, in collaboration with the Latin American Student Organization, the Cultural Programs Committee, and the multicultural center on campus.