UMD Students Celebrate Day of the Dead

Students Build Traditional Altars at UMD

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UMD Students built traditional day of the dead altars in the University’s Multi-Cultural Center this week.

The Day of the Dead is a holiday celebrated in Spanish speaking countries that combines native celebrations with the Catholic tradition of All Saints Day.

Traditionally celebrated on November 1, “El Dia de los Muertos” is the one day of the year when the deceased can return to the land of the living to visit their families. 

Altars are traditionally built with images of the deceased, flowers (marigolds), pan de muerto (bread of the dead) water, food, alcohol, and anything else a spirit might want after their long journey. 

Altars are also decorated with skeletons and decorative skulls made of sugar (calaveras de azucar).

In some places family member visit their loved ones’ resting places and even hold feasts in the cemetaries. 

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