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Students exhibit Day of the Dead altars

11/2/2012 —

Penn State Beaver students in the Spanish 1 class celebrated the longtime tradition of Day of the Dead with an exhibit of altars displayed Friday, Nov. 2, in the lower lobby of the Student Union Building. The class, taught by Robin Bower, associate professor at the campus, is designed to develop Spanish language skills and provide information about Hispanic culture.

Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and around the world in other cultures. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. The celebration takes place on November 2 in connection with the Catholic holiday All Souls Day.

Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed and visiting graves with these as gifts. Loved ones also leave possessions of the deceased.

Visitors were asked to vote for their favorite altar with a donation. Proceeds benefit the Beaver campus annual United Way drive and the students’ annual fundraising project for the Penn State’s Dance Marathon (THON) for pediatric cancer patients at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital.

For information about the Day of the Dead celebration, contact Bower at rmb29@psu.edu or 724-773-3886.

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