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Latino Leadership Celebrates Día de los Muertos

By Rachel Grushan in Student News

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The altar outside room 611 as of Monday.

Students from the Latino Leadership group have created a traditional altar outside room 611 in celebration of the Mexican holiday Día de los Muertos. It will remain there for the rest of the week in celebration of the culture of Mexico.

According to junior Ariana Garcia, Día de los Muertos is all about “remembrance and honoring those who have passed away. It’s also really colorful, expect a lot of color.”

The holiday takes place on November 1st and 2nd, although preparation begins days in advance.

The altar is intended to both celebrate Latino culture as well as raise awareness for a holiday that many students may not know much about.

“Hopefully [the altar] will wow people and just make them stop in the middle of the hallway and go ‘what is this?’” said Garcia.

Traditionally, candles, sugar skulls, photos, and loved ones’ favorite foods are placed at an altar. Students are encouraged to get involved and bring their own photos to contribute.

“It’s open to everybody if they feel comfortable bringing in pictures for anyone that they want to remember and honor,” said junior Lluvia Macias, another student involved in planning the altar.

Garcia and Macias said that another goal of theirs is to further include the Latino community in Fairview.

“[Fairview] is diverse, but we just want to build a stronger Latino community and just get the Latino community more involved,” said Garcia.

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