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Dia de los Muertos

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The Day of the Dead, Dia de los Muertos, is a celebration for the dead. It’s a day of remembrance, so families can pray for loved ones that are no longer around. Some people follow the tradition to keep the dead alive and others use this day to help them cope with the pain of losing someone. Traditionally, this i…

The Day of the Dead, Dia de los Muertos, is a celebration for the dead. It’s a day of remembrance, so families can pray for loved ones that are no longer around. Some people follow the tradition to keep the dead alive and others use this day to help them cope with the pain of losing someone.
Traditionally, this is a Mexican holiday, but it is celebrated and observed all over the world, even in Pueblo, Colorado. During the three day duration, starting on October 31, there are three parts to the celebration. Day one: the preparation, day two: all saints day, also known as day of the innocents, and day three: all souls’ day, also known as Day of the Dead.
In Southern Colorado, the tradition is alive and well. There’s annual celebrations that take place at college campuses all across the region. A majority of the celebrations take place on November 1 and they treat that as the Day of the Dead, or All Souls’ Day.
One celebration, close to home, has been taking place, annually, since 2003. On the Colorado State University- Pueblo campus, altars are put together and offerings are displayed. In an effort to help share the Mexican culture, this event is open for all clubs, organizations and community members.
“We started celebrating this event in November of 2003,” Dr. Dora Luz Cobian-Klein wrote, via email. “ A student named Lisa stated she wanted to have this event on campus.” The rest is history.
After her student sparked interest, her and Joyce Archuleta, an advisor for Catholic Ministries, began the planning for the first Day of the Dead celebration. In the beginning, they had to fundraise all the funds for the event, but with help from organizations, on and off of campus, the event has money tied to it every year.
Some of the sponsors and organizations that are involved are Catholic Campus Ministries, Chicano Studies, M.E.Ch.A., the Diversity Resource Center, the English and Foreign Language department and the Office of Student Activities.
“It [CSU-Pueblo’s Dia de los Muertos Celebration]is a vehicle for the community and our students to learn about the culture and what Dia De Los Muertos means to the Chicano/Mexican culture and other Latino cultures,” Dr. Cobian-Klein replied. “We give them the opportunity to participate and build their altars to celebrate their loved ones that have passed. It is special because it bridges the gap between the community and campus.”
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