Commemorating Dia de los Muertos

a table full of "representations of death and life and offerings to the dead." Mostly candles, skulls, flags, and flowers. Set up in Flowe 3rd floor for students to walk past and see before going to class. Usually set up every halloween

Dia de los Muertos, or “Day of the Dead” in Spanish, is a Mexican holiday where family and friends gather to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died.
For the past few years, the Anthropology Club has commemorated this tradition by displaying a table and having a guest speaker talk about the holiday.
“The purpose of the table to help students learn about Dia de los Muertos, and give them the opportunity to participate in it in some kind of way,” said Associate Professor of Anthropology, Dr. Vincent Melomo. “For some students it is an opportunity for them to think about their deceased realtives in a different way than they might have otherwise.”
This year’s display is located in the breezeway of 3rd floor Flowe, and features information about Dia de los Muertos, as well as personal notes and offerings to the deceased. Students in Melomo’s “Anthropology of Death” course also contributed to the display.
“It’s been very meaningful for the students who participate and help other students learn a little more about it,” Melomo said.

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