Day of the Dead event informs students of Hispanic culture

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Day of the Dead was last week and many on campus had the opportunity to learn more about the holiday while getting free snacks.

The Spanish Club held an informative lecture about Day of the Dead in Spratt 205 on Nov. 2.

Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos) begins on Oct. 31 and ends on Nov. 2. It is celebrated by the Hispanic culture and acknowledges the dead by remembrance and prayers for family members and friends who have died.

The lecture explained the importance of Day of the Dead to the Hispanic community, as well as this history of how it was started and how the tradition is still going on today. Stories were told about the ancient ancestors whom the holiday is based on. The lecture aimed to inform students that Day of the Dead is a special celebration of the Hispanic culture and anyone who wants to celebrate it with them is welcome.

Eduardo Castilla Ortiz, a Spanish professor at Western who grew up in Argentina and Chile shared the way his family celebrated Day of the Dead when he was growing up.

“My Day of the Dead or Día de los Muertos as we say in Spanish was completely different because I came from an area in which we did not know this,” Ortiz explained.

For Ortiz, Day of the Dead is kind of a family reunion because people eat, listen to music and talk about the deceased person as well.

The informative lecture had a lot of students who attended. Many came because they had some knowledge of Day of the Dead and just wanted to know more about the holiday and others came because they didn’t know anything about Day of the Dead.

Tanner Cobb, a student at Western who is currently taking Spanish this semester, shared his experience of the event.

“I had a little bit of knowledge, my high school has celebrated it. Growing up I did not know much about it, but I was aware of it and this gave me some more insight on it,” Cobb said.

Jarrod Coiner, a student at Western who is also currently taking Spanish this semester, gave information on what he learned about Day of the Dead.

“I learned that the first day of the celebration was to remember children and the last day was to remember the adults who have died,” Coiner said.