University to Celebrate Day of the Dead on November 3

(October 23, 2014) — Armstrong State University's Office of Multicultural Affairs and the CAMINO, HOLA and HORA programs will host a “Día de los Muertos” or Day of the Dead Celebration in honor of the traditional Mexican holiday dedicated to honoring loved ones who have passed away. All events are free and open to the public.

This daylong celebration on Monday, November 3 will include traditional food for sale, free arts and crafts, and the opportunity for attendees to add to a Day of the Dead altar, traditionally known as an ofrenda, which honor the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and photos of the deceased.

Armstrong's celebration will begin at 10 a.m. in the Student Union's Ballroom B. The event will close with a live performance by Viva México, a traditional mariachi band from Toronto, Ala., in the Student Union's Ogeechee Theatre from 7-9 p.m.

Armstrong's Day of the Dead Celebration is just one of the many ways that the campus connects to Latino culture through the Office of Multicultural Affairs and programs such as CAMINO (College Access, Mentoring, Information and Outreach), HOLA (Hispanic Outreach and Leadership at Armstrong), and HORA (Hispanic Outreach and Retention at Armstrong).

Day of the Dead, or “Día de los Muertos”, is celebrated in Mexico, some parts of Central and South America, and the United States. In Mexican culture, dating from pre-Colombian indigenous tradition, it is believed that people have three deaths when they pass. The first death is when the heart stops beating. The second death happens when the physical body returns to the earth, and the third death occurs when memory of the departed is forgotten.