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Princeton Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)

October 24, 2023 · 4:30 pm7:00 pm · East Pyne Courtyard

Effron Center for the Study of America

4:30 pm
Community altar building
Spoken word poetry

6 pm

Day of the Dead is an Indigenous and Catholic syncretic practice in Mexico and Latin America that remembers and honors the deceased. Day of the Dead in the United States is a place where Latina/o/x communities can gather, honor, remember and claim space. In Latin America, the Day of the Dead is a family-centered celebration, where homes and graves are prepared to honor ancestors and family who have departed and their favorite foods and drink are offered. In the United States, the holiday has also become a cultural and artistic experience, where altar exhibitions and making, processions, and vigils are often accompanied by political messages to point to injustices that have caused unnecessary deaths. These events are celebrated in public and social locations rather than only cemeteries.

All are welcome to bring offerings, photos of deceased family and friends, poetry, or any other thing to share.

Open to the University community and the public.

Co sponsored by the Department of African American Studies, Program in Latin American Studies, Lewis Center for the Arts, Department of Religion, and Department of Spanish and Portuguese.

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