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Día de los Muertos Celebration at Clarke, Oct. 31-Nov. 2

posted on October 25, 2005

The Clarke College Foreign Language Department, Multicultural Student Services Office, and Campus Ministry Office will celebrate Día de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead) from October 31-November 2 with a variety of events on the Clarke campus. Admission to all events is free and the public is invited to attend.

Clarke’s celebration will include the following:

On Monday, Oct. 31, traditional Día de los Muertos treats and decorations will be made in Clarke’s Atrium Conference Room at 2 p.m. Alfeñique, sugar skulls decorated with colorful and edible designs, are one of the most common symbols of the Day of the Dead.

On Tuesday, Nov. 1, there will be a showing of the film “La Muerta Viva” at 8 p.m. in the West Locust Dining Room on the Clarke campus. This film portrays the vibrant images of Día de los Muertos and addresses some of the social issues surrounding this approach to celebrating death and grieving.

On Wednesday, Nov. 2, a Day of the Dead presentation will be held at 1:15 p.m. in the entryway of Clarke’s Sacred Heart Chapel. This presentation is a chance to learn more about the history, rituals and symbols of this holiday.

At 6:30 p.m. on November 2, families are invited to enjoy Día de los Muertos children’s stories, crafts and snacks in “Cuentos Bilingües” or bilingual stories. This event will be held in the Atrium Conference Room on the Clarke campus.

Día de los Muertos is a Mexican celebration and remembrance of those who have died. It is believed that the souls of the dead visit their loved ones from October 31-November 2. Altars are typically set up in remembrance and include a variety of decorations and food.

Media are invited to cover any of Clarke’s Día de los Muertos events and interviews are also available for pre-event coverage. For more information, or to schedule an interview, contact the Clarke College Public Relations Office at (563)588-6318.

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