Late Night Event Celebrates Mexican Culture

COLLEEN BOYLE
 Staff Writer

The Multicultural Center hosted a Dia de los Muertos celebration Friday, on the second floor of the DeNaples Center.

Dia de los Muertos, also known as the Day of the Dead, is widely celebrated throughout Latin America. According to the Multicultural Center, it is a “day to celebrate, remember and prepare special foods in honor of those who have departed.” Typical decorations that one might see in Mexico during the holiday are papel picado, flowers and candy calaveras.

 

 

Photo courtesy of Colleen Boyle STUDENTS CELEBRATE at the Dia de los Muertos event, organized by the Multicultural Center

This is the fourth annual celebration of the Mexican holiday on this campus, according to The University’s Director of the Cross Cultural Centers, José Sanchez.

“It’s a cross-cultural experience for students that connects the spirituality and cultural heritage for the whole community,” Sanchez said.

Over 100 students attended the celebration, which offered skull decorating, face painting and traditional Mexican food. The event featured music by AJ DJ, a senior biochemistry major at The University, as well as a prayer service. The service was done in collaboration with Campus Ministries, which had not been offered in previous years.

A language fellow and exchanges students from Mexico helped to lead the prayer service, which started with a reading from the book of revelations. Next, students were invited to place decorated candles at the altar while traditional Mexican music played.

Intentions were read aloud by Campus Minister Amy Hoegan, who enjoyed the opportunity to collaborate with the Multicultural center. She wanted to incorporate both celebration and remembrance aspects in the holiday’s rituals.

“The collaboration was about the prayer piece because the tradition of the Day of the Dead is all about remembering those who have gone before us and praying for them and recalling their lives and what they’ve meant to us,” Hoegan said.

 

Photo courtesy of Colleen Boyle STUDENTS MEET on second floor of the DeNaples Center to celebrate Dia de los Muertos

Erica Amaya, a sophomore Psychology major and work-study student in the Multicultural Center, had a personal connection to the event.

“For me it’s mostly commemorating my family that’s passed away. It’s a great way to celebrate with my friends to show them a piece of my culture,” Amaya said.

For more information on future events sponsored by the Cross Cultural Centers, email multicultural@scranton.edu or stop by their offices in suites 205F and 205G.

This is the fourth annual celebration of the Mexican holiday on this campus, according to The University’s Director of the Cross Cultural Centers, José Sanchez.

“It’s a cross-cultural experience for students that connects the spirituality and cultural heritage for the whole community,” Sanchez said.

Over 100 students attended the celebration, which offered skull decorating, face painting and traditional Mexican food. The event featured music by AJ DJ, a senior biochemistry major at The University, as well as a prayer service. The service was done in collaboration with Campus Ministries, which had not been offered in previous years.

A language fellow and exchanges students from Mexico helped to lead the prayer service, which started with a reading from the book of revelations. Next, students were invited to place decorated candles at the altar while traditional Mexican music played.

Intentions were read aloud by Campus Minister Amy Hoegan, who enjoyed the opportunity to collaborate with the Multicultural center. She wanted to incorporate both celebration and remembrance aspects in the holiday’s rituals.

“The collaboration was about the prayer piece because the tradition of the Day of the Dead is all about remembering those who have gone before us and praying for them and recalling their lives and what they’ve meant to us,” Hoegan said.

Erica Amaya, a sophomore Psychology major and work-study student in the Multicultural Center, had a personal connection to the event.

“For me it’s mostly commemorating my family that’s passed away. It’s a great way to celebrate with my friends to show them a piece of my culture,” Amaya said.

For more information on future events sponsored by the Cross Cultural Centers, email multicultural@scranton.edu or stop by their offices in suites 205F and 205G.

Photo courtesy of Colleen Boyle
THOSE WHO attended the celebration were given a checklist of the activities offered a the celebration, which they could check off once completed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo courtesy of Colleen Boyle
THOSE WHO attended the celebration were given a checklist of the activities offered a the celebration, which they could check off once completed

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