24th Dia de los Muertos draws hundreds in celebration of life

By Paula Fuentes

Hundreds of community members gathered at the Bronco Commons last Friday in honor of Dia de los Muertos.

“There’s so much beauty in this day. The art, culture, performances and traditions. The event comes together to honor those who have passed,” senior Paulina Nunez said.

The Cesar. E Chevez Center for Higher Education (CECCHE) hosted the 24th D_Òå_a de los Muertos event with help from the EWS 431 class.

The event was able to convert a small space into a warm celebration for all students to enjoy.

Food trucks were stationed throughout the night to provide food for all guests.

Coffee and hot chocolate were also offered to keep everyone warm.

For those who do not celebrate D_Òå_a de los Muertos, this event could have easily been seen as a second Halloween.

However, for the Hispanic culture, this event was about much more than face painting and skulls.

The event focused on honoring loved ones who have passed away and connecting with them.

“This event is far more than just another festival. This hits home and is something that the Hispanic culture is able to show off and celebrate,” first-year physics student Henry Badillo said.

“The colors, altars, food, and all traditions are a form of celebration that we can embrace and have with our loved ones on this day.”

Since this holiday holds a very personal meaning for many, they all have their own take on traditions and cultures that have been passed down for generations.

One of the most well-known aspects of D_Òå_a de los Muertos is the altars that are created to honor those who have passed and to invite their souls back.

The custom is to build a personalized altar for the individual that has died. The altars are filled with candles, flowers, food and pictures.

Dia de los Muertos featured many altars that were created by various organizations and individuals who wanted to take part in the event.

The EWS class also created a community altar and arch that was full of beautiful paper flowers, candles and bread.

It gave everyone attending a place to put pictures or items that honored certain family members or friends.

Although the event is honoring the dead, the atmosphere is everything but somber.

The stage, which was full of performers all night, was lit up with lights and cultural decorations.

One of the many performers was the Cal Poly Pomona Mariachi.

As one of the performers, Nunez explained her feelings about being a part of such a special event.

“Performing for D_Òå_a de los Muertos is an honor,” Nunez said.

“To celebrate everyone’s loved ones and be a part of such a special and personal event is wonderful.”

Attendees were able to enjoy the performances, get their face painted, participate in arts and crafts and shop for local and traditional Hispanic novelties.

CECCHE worked on this event for over a year, and it showed last Friday as a large presence came out to celebrate such a wonderful holiday.

The Dia de los Muertos event celebrates and honors those who have passed

Paula Fuentes / The Poly Post

The Dia de los Muertos event celebrates and honors those who have passed

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