Dia de los Muertos Celebration
Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a two-day holiday that reunites the living and dead. Families create ofrendas (Offerings) to honor their departed family members that have passed. These altars are decorated with bright yellow marigold flowers, photos of the departed, and the favorite foods and drinks of the one being honored. The offerings are believed to encourage visits from the land of the dead as the departed souls hear their prayers, smell their foods, and join in the celebrations!
Dia de Los Muertos is a rare holiday for celebrating death and life. It is unlike any holiday where mourning is exchanged for celebration. This holiday is observed from November 1-2.
Each year Latinx Student Services and the Office of Student Affairs partner up to host an Altar contest on the College of Western Idaho campus across five buildings. Students, faculty, and staff can register to create altars that honor someone deceased.