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Celebrating El Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)

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Saturday, Nov. 1, is El Día de los Muertos – The Day of The Dead – a holiday to honor and celebrate loved ones who have died.

As part of the month of Latino Heritage activities, El Día de los Muertos will be from noon to 3 p.m. on Nov. 1 at the Children’s Discovery Museum. The event will feature hands-on arts and crafts, a bilingual story time and traditional music. The cost is entrance for the day to the museum.

The event is co-sponsored by the Latin American and Latino/a Studies program, the student organization Sigma Delta Pi, the Organization of Latin American Employees, Conexiones Latin de McLean County and the museum.

Also to celebrate the day, the ISU Spanish Club will also host a Day of the Dead Cultural Presentation and the Costume Party from 6 to 10:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, at the Kong Room in Hewett-Manchester residence halls.

The presentation will be from 6 to 7 p.m., with the costume party beginning at 7. The event is free of charge and is open to all students, staff and faculty at ISU and the community. Children are welcome.

The University Program Board (UPB) will also host a Day of the Dead celebration from 2 to 5 p.m. Nov. 1 in the Bone Student Center’s Circus Room. Co-sponsored by UPB, Association of Latin American Students and Gamma Phi Omega International Sorority Inc., the event allows students to create their own sugar skulls from clay. While traditional music plays,  activities like DIY papel picado, face painting and ofrendas will be held. A presentation will be held to teach the history of this Mexican holiday.

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