Amigos Club celebrates Dia de los Muertos

The Tech Amigos Club will sponsor a Día de los Muertos celebration from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 5 in South Hall, Room 205.”I’ve never been to the Día de los Muertos party here at Tech,” said Cameron Chaparro, a freshman at Tech and president of the Amigos club, “but I think it’s going to work out well.”

El Día de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead in English, is a holiday celebrated by Mexico, parts of the United States and other Latin American countries. The holiday consists of families and friends gathering together to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died.

Traditionally, this holiday is celebrated in concurrence with the Catholic holiday of All Saints’ Day on Nov. 1 and All Souls’ Day on Nov. 2.

Private altars are built to honor the dead family members. Skulls made of sugar, marigolds, and the favorite foods of the deceased are placed upon the altar and sometimes even the grave.

The Amigos club will celebrate this holiday by providing food, music for dancing and games.

“We want it to be an environment for kids as well as college students,” said Chaparro. “We’re hoping to have a piñata for them.”

Tickets are priced at $5 in advance and $7 at the door. Tickets for children are $3. They can be purchased from members of the TTU Amigos Club or at the Foreign Language department office.