The DJ spins cumba and meringue music while people dance under the stars in celebration of Dia de los Muertos, a day that remembers the lives of deceased family and friends.
“I didn’t know what to expect but it’s fun, the music is really good,” Amelia Parra, freshman biology major, said.
Ashley Cole, junior psychology major and multicultural chair for CAB, said the purpose of the event is to remember happy memories, rather than be depressed about the passing time and loved ones.
University of La Verne’s Latino Student Forum and CAB collaborated in order to make this event bigger and better than those in the past.
The celebration began with the setup of the altar from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. where students were encouraged to create a flower at the crafts table with the name of their departed and place the work on the altar.
“I am remembering my uncle,” Edgar Gomez, sophomore Spanish major, said.
“I want to make people ask what this celebration is all about, get them to know our culture,” Ofelia Lopez, sophomore psychology major and director of activities for LSF, said.
The altar also included pictures of famous figures such as civil right activist Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta.
“We didn’t expect a person to come with pictures, which is what you place on the altar so we have the flowers instead,” Lopez said.
In addition to arts and crafts, attendants could get their face painted, eat appetizers, play games and close out the night by breaking the piñata.
“I have been impressed with the people on the dance floor,” Kimberly Mejia, freshman international business and language major, said.
Bonita Estrada, freshman business major, participated in the festivities with her face painted as a skeleton, a popular attribute of the holiday.
“This is nice because this is what you would normally do to celebrate,” Gomez said.
“I am really excited that people showed up and are embracing the celebration,” Lopez said. “It’s great that people who are not Hispanic are here, dancing and having fun.”
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