Newsletter 2001

El Día de los Muertos
The Mexican Day of the Dead --El Día de los Muertos-- is a seamless weaving together of Pre-Colombian beliefs in the continuity of life and death and the Christian spiritualism of All Saints' and All Souls' Day.

Members of the Spanish Club and The Comunidad Latina joined together to create decorations and on the morning of 2 November built a traditional altar in Egner Chapel. The altar was covered with hundreds of flowers, including the cempasúchil, a special marigold whose pungent odor draws the spirits home, ornately decorated skulls that reinforce the idea that death is not to be feared, delicate papel picado, tissue paper cutouts that symbolize the fragile beauty of life, and ofrendas, offerings, that hold special meaning for loved ones who have passed on. Ben Donson '02 shows off the work in progress

The Sunday following El Día de los Muertos, a special bilingual service was held in the chapel, with readings and songs in English and Spanish and a sermon by Rev. Nelson Rivera of the Lutheran Theological Seminary of Philadelphia.