In October 2014, the Hispanic/Latino Initiative (HLI) celebrated its first Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Celebration. The purpose of the Dia de los Muertos program was to provide the entire UALR campus community the opportunity to learn more about HLI, as well as one of the most popular Hispanic celebrations. The program brought variety of individuals from the university together to celebrate together.
Dia de los Muertos is a traditional holiday celebrated in many Spanish-speaking countries on November 1st and 2nd, celebrates the life of beloved individuals who have passed away, kind of similar to the American holiday, Memorial Day. During this celebration of life, families often come together to make alters that has items that represent the person’s life. Partnered with UALR’s Department of World Languages, the Dia de los Muertos celebration was planned by current HLI students. Numerous HLI students created mini-alters in honor of their deceased loved ones or celebrities. There were a variety of activities to help attendees engaged in traditional arts and crafts from Spanish-speaking countries.