2019 Dia de Muertos
Please join us for our 7th annual Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration for the NDCAC and CRHC! This event is open to the community on Friday, November 1, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Join us for mariachis, ballet folklorico, and children's activities. There will be a food truck, and dinner is free with a student ID!
Ofrendas (offerings) or Altares (altars) are made in memory of the deceased and are a good example of the cultural hybridity of this holiday. The ofrendas / altares are either built at the gravesite or in the home, and include offerings of food, water, and personal possessions of the deceased. Oftentimes photographs of the deceased are placed within the ofrenda, a three-tier pyramid structure. The bottom level represents Mitlan the underworld, the middle section represents earth, and the top represents the heavens. A traditional ofrenda includes the four elements of wind, fire, water, and earth. Representation is with papel picado (wind), candles (fire), beverages (water), and flowers (earth). Other elements included in a traditional altar are personal belongings or any items that honor the loved one.
We are currently looking for community members who wish to create an ofrenda for our event. Click here for the application.