Reuniting With the Dead: Cornellians Celebrate Día de los Muertos 

Originating in Mexico, Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a holiday traditionally celebrated on Nov. 1 and 2. The celebration rekindles connections between the living and the dead as families gather to reminisce about their deceased relatives.  

Latino communities came together on campus to celebrate the lives of the dead in a variety of ways. 

The Latino Living Center, located in Anna Comstock Hall, hosted a special Café con Leche, an interactive and educational tradition that takes place every Friday at 6:30 p.m. 

“During this Café, we learned about the history of Día de los Muertos,” said Residence Hall Director Adriana Lima. “We also [explored] its significance in various Latinx communities as well as similar holidays in other cultures.”

Residents of the LLC also set up the annual ofrenda, which is an offering table with pictures of loved ones who had passed and some of their favorite snacks. The community gathered at the ofrenda to speak of experiences with the holiday while carving pumpkins and painting sugar skulls.