Dia de los Muertos Celebration Returns for 13th Year


Dia de los Muertos Celebration Returns for 13th Year
Cindy Perez, a senior graphic design major, works on papel picado decorations.
Luis Martinez, a junior computer engineer, hangs paper flowers from the ceiling in preparation for Dia De Los Muertos at the Cesar Chavez Center.
The Cesar Chavez Center is hosting sugar skull painting workshops this month.

The 13th annual Dia de los Muertos Celebration takes place Thursday, Nov. 1. Last year's celebration attracted hundreds of people to campus.

The traditional Mexican holiday, also known as the day of the dead, honors those who have died with music, dance, storytelling and food. This year's festivities begin with craft workshops and other activities.

Festivities include:

Sugar Skull & Papel Picado Workshops

The Cesar E. Chavez Center will have workshops on how to create tradition sugar skulls and papel picado Tuesday, Oct. 9, from 2 p.m. -3:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 11, from noon – 2 p.m., and Tuesday, Oct. 23, from 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the center in Building 95.

Dia de los Muertos

Family Fun Day

The Downtown Center will have free art based activities, Mexican hot chocolate and pan dulce for kids and their families Thursday, Oct. 27, from noon – 4 p.m. Sponsored by the Cesar E. Chavez Center and the Big Read National Endowment for the Arts.

A Celebration of Life's Triumphs Art Exhibit

On Tuesday, Oct. 30, from noon – 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. there will be an opening reception for the art exhibit A Celebration of Life's Triumphs at the Bronco Exhibit Gallery, on the second floor of the Bronco Student Center. There will also be a discussion with the artist, Luis Genaro Garcia.

13th annual Dia de los Muertos Celebration

The annual celebration will occur Thursday, Nov. 1, beginning at 3 p.m., with free face painting at the Cesar E. Chavez Center near the University Quad. A procession begins at 5 p.m. in University Quad and moves to nearby University Park, where the main event will be held until 9 p.m.  

The 13th annual Dia de los Muertos festivities are sponsored by the Ethnic & Women's Studies department, the Cesar E. Chavez Center, ASI B.E.A.T., Big Read National Endowment for the Arts and the Weglyn Endowed Chair for Multicultural Studies.

For more information, contact the Cesar E. Chavez Center for Higher Education at (909) 869-5035 or visit http://www.dsa.cpp.edu/cesarchavez/.