LCCC celebrates national Hispanic heritage month with Day of the Dead event

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. 

Photos by Austin Babcock
(Left to right) Dovin Ro, Madison Merrell, Kaitlynne Chacon, and Mrs. Loree Sanchez perform as members of Mariachi 307

Flores de Colores dancers waiting for their turn to take stage.

Students enjoy traditional Hispanic cuisine.

Flores de Colores dancers entertain the audience.

About Austin Babcock (6 Articles)
Austin Babcock, a transfer from University of Wyoming and sophomore majoring in Mass Media at Laramie County Community College, hopes to pursue a career in photography, graphic design and video editing and production. Babcock was elected Wyoming Military Youth of the Year in 2014 and Vice President of Student Governet Association at LCCC in spring of 2019 and is excited to put his skills to use Wingspan this semester. Babcock enjoys playing multiple instruments and writing music, as well as taking photos and video and editing them into more abstract forms of art. Babcock is also a gamer, enjoying classic and newer video games as well as playing Magic the Gathering at the local comic shop. To contact Babcock, email him at austinbabcockws@gmail.com

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