By Cesar Perez |Staff Writer|
In many Latin cultures across Mexico and Central America, El Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a celebration to commemorate the dead and the cycle of life and death.
El Dia de Los Muertos is a widely celebrated holiday across Latin America and in highly Latino- populated areas in the United States.
On Saturday Nov. 1, CSUSB held a unique and special celebration at the Robert & Frances Fullerton
Museum of Art (RAFFMA), sponsored by the Association of Latino Faculty, Staff and Students (ALFSS).
CSUSB senior and DJ for the night, Missael Soto, known as “Deejay Missa” said, “I think its a good family event, uniting people from different backgrounds to learn a little bit of Latin culture, and people seem to really enjoy the Latin music.I love doing these community events.”
Despite the chilly weather, the turnout was great, and a large amount of people showed up to this special event.
You were greeted with free Pan de Muerto by Lydia Gomez.
First time attendee Brian Cabrera was hesitant about trying it, but in the end, took more than one.
Cabrera said, “Its pretty cool how our Latino culture is being recognized, and the Day of the Dead is becoming more than just a Mexican holiday.”
Guests also got in the dancing spirit when Soto played the popular Spanish version of “Achy Breaky Heart” called, “No Rompas Mas mi Pobre Corazon.” Students, kids, and even adults joined in on dancing this Latin square dance.
David Zarrate was observing the dance and said, “Man! They always play this song at every Mexican event, but I guess it’s tradition, you can’t not play this song! Its fun and easy to dance to.”
The Latino culture and spirit was emphasized with talented Folklorico dancers that dominated the dance floor.
They danced to Mexican mariachi tunes in their colorful and beautiful Latin dresses.
For those off the dance floor, arts and crafts were also available for adults and kids, along with face-painting.
RAFFMA provided guests with a chance to view their display of beautiful artwork of Latin influences, and their hand-painted Calaveras.
Each Calavera and painting was done by community artists and by master students in fine arts.
They were being placed for bidding for those interested in collecting these beautiful pieces of art.
RAFFMA staff member Stephanie MacLean said, “I think its a great event that Cal State does for the community to come and see these beautiful pieces of art, and this is definitely one of our more well received turn outs of the year.”
The delicious Mexican food warmed the atmosphere with the smell of tacos, churros, and posole.
The Latino culture and spirit of El Dia de Los Muertos was alive and well throughout the night, as music, paintings and tasty Mexican food helped this be another successful year of this special celebration at CSUSB.