East LA College’s ‘Dia de Los Muertos Festival’

 In the Spotlight

By Danny Vasquez


For the first time, the Chicano Studies department will be hosting  a Dia De Los Muertos festival at East Los Angeles College on Nov. 1, in between the S1 and S2 buildings from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Traditionally in the Hispanic culture Dia De Los Muertos, also known as “The Day of the Dead,” is a day that brings families together to commemorate loved ones who are dead.

Families display altars with photos and other memorabilia significant to the dead love one.

At the Vincent Price Art Museum, students in Chicano Studies 7 will have group altars displaying  memories of loved ones and the history of Mexican-Americans, such as the Mexican Revolution and immigration.

Along with the displays, there will be performances by professional musicians, Conjunto Heyapan, Quetzal and Ixtli Yolotl.  Also with performances by an Aztec dance group Xipetotec.

MEChA will sell tamales and aguas frescas.There will also, the Chicano Studies class will sell pan dulce. Profits are to support MEChA and  the Chicano Studies Department.

A non-profit organization, where Chicana/o studies instructor Angelica Rovero-Herra serves as a board member, Wish Upon An Angel Foundation, will have a toy drive, the toys will go towards terminally ill children.

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