By Omar Reyes and Tilynn King
Staff Writers
Twitter: @salar0895, @grownlilies

Students and guests celebrated the lives of friends and family who have died at the Día De Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, event on both campuses Monday, Nov. 2.

The PCC event was in the Student Union in Building EE from 5-7 p.m. and LAC celebration was in front of the E Building from noon-5 p.m.

More than 20 people attended the event at the PCC, which was originally scheduled in front of the LL Building, but cold winds forced the location change.

Nick Yates, 24, a communications major, said, “The event was all good vibes. I felt like I got a release from this experience. I’m glad I got to be here.”

Martin Espino, a musician specializing in ancient Mexican sounds, showed his instruments and invited students to play music with him.

Espino said, “I felt things were very receptive and I felt at home. I feel good that people are interested and want to learn something.”

Despite the location change, Bertha Lynn, chair of cultural affairs at PCC, said the event was successful. “I believe this was a big accomplishment for PCC cultural affairs because we never celebrated Day of the Dead here (in recent memory), so being part of it makes me feel proud.”

At the LAC, the event was presented by the Coalition for Latino Advancement Club with collaboration from the Spanish Club and DAAP, Development of Afro American Professionals.

About 30 students gathered outside the E building to visit ofrendas, or offerings, and to give prayers and remembrance to family and friends who have died.
The ofrendas were decorated with flowers, skulls, candles, Mexican sweet bread and memorabilia symbolizing loved ones.

DAAP paid respects to Shay Adisa, 21, a prominent supporter of the organization who died Oct. 13.

Stands were set up where students could color skulls and have their face painted to resemble skulls. In addition, “The Book of Life,” an animated movie focusing on Day of the Dead, was shown in the Fishbowl.

Debra Garcia, 19, a fashion major said, “I’ve always loved this holiday. There are so many people who we can give this day to. It’s a holiday that needs to keep growing so we can get more people involved to pay respect in our beautiful way.”

The celebration dates to the 16th century in Mexican and Latin communities. In 2008, the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization declared the tradition part of the Intangible Cultural Heritages.