Students at LCCC had an opportunity to learn about the Day of the Dead on October 15th at the CCC Student Lounge. Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos is a Hispanic holiday where families pay respects to their deceased loved ones with a celebration involving music, food, and dance among other festivities. It’s believed that the deceased return to the land of the living on this day as honored guests to be with their families.
Although the Day of the Dead is traditionally celebrated on November 1st, the campus activities board celebrated the event early to commemorate national Hispanic heritage month, and to teach students about the holiday before its real date.
The campus event showed a documentary about the cultural significance of the day, offered traditional food eaten on the holiday, and hosted local performers Mariachi 307 and Flores de Colores. Mariachi 307 is a group of high school and adult musicians in the community interested in the art of mariachi. Flores de Colores are a folk-dance group comprised of members of the community who are passionate about Mexican heritage dances.
Keep an eye out for cultural events on campus throughout the semester if you’re interested in learning about other cultures, or just looking for something fun to do after class.