WIU to host Día De Los Muertos events Oct. 30

By NEWS3 Staff

MACOMB, Illinois – Casa Latina and the Día De Los Muertos Committee at Western Illinois University will host two Día De Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, events at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, in the Multicultural Center on campus.

Each event is limited to 25 members of the University community only (students, faculty and staff); pre-registration is required and may be completed on the Purple Post site.

Día De Los Muertos has always been a holiday to feel closer to where and who I’ve come from. In the process of remembering those that came before me, I find a deeper connection between myself and my culture,” Michelle Narvaez said. “For me, Día De Los Muertos is the perfect holiday for bittersweet moments, dulce indulgence, and colorful celebration that reminds us to have gratitude for family and the opportunity to create lasting memories.”

Activities at the events include a folklorico performance, catrin contest, sugar skull painting, loteria, catrin face tattoos and more. The events will also celebrate the Día De Los Muertos tradition by having an altar to honor those who have passed.

Día De Los Muertos is a time to celebrate the lives of our loved ones which have passed to the afterlife,” Eiran Saucedo-Rodarte said. “By remembering their stories, jokes, and favorite meals we are able to keep them in our hearts, a place where they will never be forgotten.”