Saturday, October 30, 2010

Jeff's visit: Dia de los Muertos at UNAM

Friday we visited the UNAM campus -- and got to see more than we expected!

Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is an important celebration in Mexico.  November 1st is for infants and children who have died and November 2nd is for adults who have died and it is believed that the souls return to earth on these days to spend time with the family. Unlike in the US, where the topic of death is more likely to be avoided, here the lives of the deceased are remembered and celebrated on these days. Families build ofrendas (altars) for the deceased, usually with food and drink that the person liked. Marigolds (cempasúchitl) are used to lead the souls to the altar. 

Right now there is a "mega ofrenda" all throughout the "islands" (commons) at UNAM, with ofrendas built by the diferent facultades (departments/schools) as well as high schools associated with UNAM. 

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