Día de los Muertos Celebration With Luis Urrea
Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry will host a free celebration of Day of the Dead ("Día de los Muertos"), including traditional Mexican food and entertainment and Day of the Dead altars created by UA students.
A celebration of life and a way to honor deceased loved ones, Día de los Muertos is a 3,800-year-old indigenous Mexican tradition that is gaining popularity in the United States. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have passed away. Despite its name, this holiday does not glorify death and is not associated in any way with Halloween. Rather, it is a time of reflection and appreciation of life.
Luis Urrea, a member of the Latino Literature Hall of Fame, will join in the festivities, speaking with the UA students who have designed their own Day of the Dead Altars for the occasion and meeting with the public. The altars – traditional remembrances of the deceased – will be on display at the bookstore through Nov. 3.
The festivities will include performances by Grupo Fólklorico Miztontliand Las Aguilitas de Davis Mariachis. Traditional bread made for this holiday – "Pan de muerto" or Day of the Dead sweet bread – will be served along with hot chocolate. At 5 p.m., the mariachis and dancers will lead the audience in a procession to the Student Union Memorial Center Ballroom where Urrea will give a reading followed by a book signing.
Along with the UA BookStores, the event is co-sponsored by Asian Pacific American Student Affairs/JEDI, Binational Migration Institute, Mexican American Studies, Chicano/Hispano Student Affairs and the Department of English.