2016 Dia de los Muertos

2016 Day Of The Dead Promo

For the fourth year running, the Notre Dame Center for Arts & Culture (NDCAC) is hosting an art exhibition for Día de los Muertos. This fifteen year University of Notre Dame tradition is exhibiting altars created by community members.  Ofrendas (offerings) or Altares (altars) are made in memory of the deceased and are a good example of the cultural hybridity of Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead).


Traditionally these altares/ofrendas are either built at the gravesite or in the home, and include offerings of food, water, and personal possessions of the deceased. Oftentimes a photograph of the deceased is placed within the ofrenda which is usually built in a three-tier pyramid type structure. The bottom level representing Mitlan the underworld, the middle section representing earth and the top representing the heavens. A traditional ofrenda includes the four elements of wind, fire, water and earth, represented through papel picado (wind), candles (fire), beverages (water) and flowers (earth). Other elements included in a traditional altar are personal belongings or any items honoring the deceased.

The exhibition is free and open to the public for the month of October, stop by and submit your vote for community favorite. On Wednesday, November 2, 2016 from 5:00 - 7:00 pm we will be having a celebration at the NDCAC complete with performances by Ballet Folklorico, Coro Primavera, & more.  Other activities including face painting, paper flower making. Traditional pan de muerto will be served. There is a free, round-trip shuttle leaving from McKenna Hall beginning at 4:50 pm.  

Special thanks to Cardinal Buses for providing transportation for the November 2nd celebration. Thanks also to the following University of Notre Dame departments the Center for Arts & Culture, The Kellogg Institute for International Studies, The Institute for Latino Studies, Office of Community Relations, & The Snite Museum of Art.

2016 Dia de los Muertos Day of the Dead Flier