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The Spanish Program in the Department of Languages and Literature invites you to participate in a virtual celebration of Día de los Muertos. We will host virtual workshops from Friday, Oct. 30 through Nov. 2 that will teach you how to professionally paint your face like a Catrina Calavera, make your own Pan de Muerto, and on the last day we will have a reading and presentation of contest winners for the best altars and Calavera Poems.

We encourage all ENMU students, faculty and staff to participate. Community members are also encouraged to participate and are welcome to register under the community categories.

Día de los Muertos is a tradition-filled multi-day holiday that is celebrated during Oct. 31 (Al Hallows Eve), Nov. 1 (All Saints Day), and Nov. 2 (All Souls Day) in México and other Latin American countries. Invitations in the form of altars are made by family members so that the spirits of loved ones who have passed will come back to visit their families. 

According to the tradition, children who have passed and are referred to as angelitos (little angels) and they come to visit their families on Oct. 31. The adult spirits are said to visit on Nov. 1 and on Nov. 2, the last day, families attend cemeteries to clean and decorate the graves and tombs, and celebrate the lives of their ancestors.

During these days, people write Calavera poems, called Calaveras. The Calaveras are fun and humorous rhyming poems that eulogize and make fun of the living. They are traditionally written for politicians, teachers, friends or anybody famous, and are meant to be playful and funny. These poems are meant to be playful and funny. You can see examples and steps for creating your own Calavera poem on these websites:

https://www.thinkmakeshareblog.com/literary-calaveras/

https://www.calaveras-literarias.com/calaveras-para-maestros/

Event Schedule

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Friday, Oct. 30 at 1 p.m.

Make your own Pan de Muerto

Virtual workshop by ENMU Instructor, Beatriz Villa, third generation baker!  See the list of the ingredients so you can have them ready for the event. We will show you how to make your own pan de muerto for your altar and to share with your family.

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Saturday, Oct. 31, 1 p.m.

Paint Your Own Professional Catrina Face

Professional body painter and artist Natalia Torres Alvarado will teach you step-by-step how to paint your face like a Catrina Calavera just in time for the weekend. See the list of the materials that you will need in order to follow the workshop and create your own Catrina face.

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Monday, Nov. 2, 2 p.m.

Virtual Presentation of Altars and reading of Calavera Poems 

We will close our Día de los Muertos celebration by announcing awards and prizes for the best altars and Calavera Poems.

All participants must complete a registration form and submit it to the department of Languages and Literature. The Calavera poems and the altar pictures must be submitted by Saturday, Oct. 31 at 11:59 p.m. The calaveras can be submitted in English or Spanish.

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Registration

The Calavera Poems and the altar pictures must be submitted by Saturday, Oct. 31 at 11:59 p.m. The Calaveras can be submitted in English or Spanish.