Sharing Culture and Community: Scenes from Día de los Muertos
At the beginning of November, the Cal Poly community celebrated Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead — a holiday observed by Mexican communities that honors the memories of loved ones. Traditional celebrations include the construction of altars called ofrendas, where families leave marigolds and favorite foods for the departed; sharing memories and visiting graves of loved ones; and giving gifts including the iconic decorated sugar skulls.
The celebration at Cal Poly, which was hosted by the Multicultural Center, took over the University Union Plaza and included discussions of the challenges facing the Latinx community and a fundraiser hosted by the American Indian Faculty and Staff Association.
“We have such a diverse community here, and the celebrations and cultures of that diverse population should be seen on this campus,” said Beya Makekau, director of Student Diversity and Belonging. “Having traditions like this shows people that they have a place here, and invites a sharing of culture and community. It's a really beautiful thing.”
Take a look at some moments from the celebration below.