El Día de los Muertos / Day of the Dead Celebration

El Día de los Muertos / Day of the Dead Celebration

Wednesday, October 25, 7 p.m., Bishop Gunn Art Gallery

Families will enjoy the Marist altar, authentic Mexican food, as well as the delightful sounds of Willie Ziavino & the C.O.T. Band

Dating back to pre-Columbian cultures, El Día de los Muertos is the Mexican tradition of respecting and honoring the lives of loved ones who have passed away. It is an integration of Aztec practices and the Catholic feasts of All Saints Day and All Souls Day. El Día de los Muertos is a joyous celebration of the departed through food, drink, song, and art held annually October 31 through November 2.

The most recognized symbols of El Día de los Muertos are the playful calacas and calaveras (skeletons and skulls). These are not scary ghouls, but vibrant figures representing the sweetness of life. The most infamous calaca is Catrina. Derived from the satirical etchings of political cartoonist José Guadalupe Posada (1852-1913), Catrina has become an icon of the holiday.

This exhibit is a collaboration of Centro Hispano, Consulate General of Mexico, the Fine Arts Department, Marist Arts Guild (MAG), the Office of Inclusion & Diversity, the Spanish Department, the MOSAIC student club, and Marist Staff Josephina Mora.

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