El Día de los Muertes, or the Day of the Dead, is a Mexican holiday that celebrates those who have passed away. The dead are honored by the building of altars, or ofrendas, and gifts such as sugar skulls and marigolds. It is a three-day long celebration, lasting from October 31st to November 2nd, that is celebrated as a national holiday in Mexico and as a cultural celebration in the United States.

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This weekend, OU hosted a Día de los Muertos festival, where altars were built in honor of those who have passed. It featured musicians, face painters, vendors, food trucks, a Ferris wheel, and cultural elements that served as a way to both enjoy and learn about Mexican culture. Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

I ran into one of my sweet Phi Lamb sisters who wore a beautiful traditional dress to honor her heritage, so of course  we had to take a picture. Her makeup was done to look like one of the sugar skulls which is used to honor the dead.
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OU cousins built an altar which honored the dead, including Nelson Mandela, Mother Theresa, Einstein, Frieda Kahlo, Martin Luther King Jr., and JFK. Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

I wasn’t able to stay for the headliner, but this band was still great!
Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetThe llamas were probably one of my favorite parts, but I couldn’t get a good picture of them, which was a little sad honestly. Overall, this was a really unique experience in Mexican culture, and I’m grateful that I attend a university which supports and sponsors events like this that encourage cultural awareness and acceptance!

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