Campus and Community Invited to Dia de los Muertos Celebration


Campus and Community Invited to Dia de los Muertos Celebration
Dancers perform a traditional dance from central Mexico during the Dia de los Muertos celebration in 2006.
Students participate in the annual celebration to remember those who have died.
Alters will be on display during the celebration.

The Dia de los Muertos celebration returns to Cal Poly Pomona on Thursday, Nov. 6 for a 14th year to honor those the lives of those who have passed with cultural altars, music, dance, storytelling and food. The traditional Latin American holiday, also known as Day of the Dead, is a time of remembrance and celebration.

About 900 people from the campus and local community are expected to attend this year's celebration, which has nearly doubled in size since 2005. The event is organized by the Cesar E. Chavez Center for Higher Education and the Ethnic & Women's Studies Department with support from more than 25 campus organizations and departments, including the Office of the President.

This year, the Dia de Los Muertos celebration begins at 5 p.m. with a procession that starts in the University Quad. The procession symbolizes the gathering of the community. Participants will then walk to University Park for live entertainment, food and activities.

Salsa Calienta, a popular salsa band, is the featured musical performance from 7 to 9 p.m. Other entertainment includes Aztec dancers and Cal Poly Pomona's own Ballet Folklorico.

The celebration is also sponsored by the Multicultural Council, La Union, ASI BEAT, ASI, Inc., the Office of Student Life and Cultural Centers, Xicano Latino Heritage Festivities Month, and the Digital Arts Media Club.

For more information, contact the Cesar E. Chavez Center for Higher Education at (909) 869-5035 or visit www.dsa.cpp.edu/cesarchavez/?nfid=3072.