Monday, November 1, 2010

#50: El Dia de los Muertos Festivities

Don't be fooled into thinking that Halloween is the only major holiday this time of year.  Mexico's annual El Dia de los Muertoes or The Day of the Dead is increasingly celebrated throughout North and South America on November 2nd to honor the lives of those who have passed away in the past year. It is important to note that this day is indeed a spirited celebration of life rather than a mournful occasion.

In that spirit, Notre Dame's Institute for Latino Studies will be sponsoring festivities a day early, on campus this evening in the Hesburgh Center's Great Hall. The evening will include presentations by anthropologist Dr. Alex Chavez and Juan Rivera of Sones de Mexico with interspersed performances from several Notre Dame student groups including Ballet Folklorico Azul y Oro and Mariachi ND.  All of the activities are free and open to the public so take some time tonight to stop by.

Where: Hesburgh Center for International Studies, Great Hall. If you're not familiar with the campus, check out a map here that also includes parking info.

When: 5:30pm-8:00pm

For more information on The Day of the Dead or this evening's events, the website is located here.

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