Dr. Doreen Blandino (left) and Dr. Juan-Carlo Rivas display an ofrenda in the modern and classical languages department in Alfred Hall in recognition of Dia de los Muertos, celebrated Nov. 1-2.
Translated into “Day of the Dead,” the holiday is traced to the Aztec culture in Mexico and has been celebrated for nearly 3,000 years to honor deceased friends and family members. The ofrenda includes favorite photos, foods and drinks of the decedent with the hopes of attracting a visit from the deceased. Bright candles, flowers and incense are also frequently used to make the ofrendas more welcoming.
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