Students honor lost loved ones for Dia de los Muertos

AMAS and Multiculural Affairs celebrate Mexican culture by providing activites for students

By Sydney Faison
On November 9, 2018

Photo by Axel Marcenaro: Lainey Harris, freshman, wears her Dia de los Muertos makeup to fall fest. Many students on campus wore special makeup to class for the holiday.

The Association of Mexican-American Students and Multicultural Affairs celebrated Dia de Los Muertos on Nov. 1-2 in the Houston Harte University Center.

The Day of the Dead, known in Mexico as Dia de los Muertos, is a two-day holiday that honors the spirits of the deceased.

"Dia de los Muertos means more than just painting your face with sugar skulls," Jennifer Sauceda, senior, said. "It means celebrating the life and amazing things they have done for you. My favorite tradition is leaving food out for the deceased because it is comforting to know they are still around in your heart."

AMAS served pozole while they discussed Dia de Los Muertos traditions with attendees. Attendees were also able to paint picture frames, calaveras and keychains for an altar. Traditionally, relatives visit graves and build private altars that resemble elaborate shrines for their deceased loved ones. The altars can be erected in the home or at the gravesites themselves.

"My grandmother passed away and we did the frame for her," said Erika Baeza, director of multicultural and student activities programs. "Placing it on the altar was sad, but there was a peace of mind to it."

Baeza said that even though Dia de los Muertos is not a largely celebrated holiday in the United States, it is gaining more popularity.

"Dia de los Muertos means a lot to me because of the value it brings to the Mexican culture such as honoring loved ones through various activities," senior Tatiana Torres said.

The Association of Mexican-American Students engages in projects that are considered to be in the best interests of the Mexican-American students who attend ASU and the overall Mexican-American community of San Angelo, Texas.

Projects include assisting Mexican-American students to adjust to the academic and social aspects of college life, emphasizing the study and appreciation of Mexican-American contributions to American society, encouraging group unity among Mexican-American students, and much more.

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