Day of the Dead

Día De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is one of Mexico's traditional holidays reuniting and honoring beloved ancestors, family and friends. It is a day for honoring our beloved ones.
Dia De Los Muertos Ofrenda
The altar, also called an "Ofrenda," is the focal point to observing the Día De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead). It is constructed in the home and/or at the gravesite or business establishment. Entire families construct altars as an annual commitment. Beginning in mid-October, children and adults prepare to welcome the souls of their dead relatives and loved ones, who return home at this time each year to make sure all is well and that they have not been forgotten.

Traditionally, it is a time when family members share memorable stories that would commemorate their lives together. A special altar is made and adorned with pictures of deceased to remind the younger generation of their family roots. The altar also includes a feast gather at cemeteries to clean and decorate the gravesite with flowers and candles. They picnic with their loved ones offering food and drink to strengthen spirits enough to return to their other world. The skeleton represent the spirit still living after it has left its flesh on this earth.

The historical roots of this celebration date back to the pre-Hispanic cultures of Meso-America of the indigenous people, especially the Nahua (Aztecs, Mayans, Toltecas, Tlaxcaltec, Chichimec, Tecpanec) and others native to Mexico more than 3,000 years.



14th Annual Graduate Student Conference

Media and Belonging: 
Communication, Technology and Cultural Productions in Latin America

Stony Brook Manhattan, Friday April 10, 2015

Talk by Hugo Achugar

"Teorías y políticas culturales en el Uruguay del Siglo XXI"


Wed April 14, 2015, 2.30 to 3.50 pm in Melville Lib W4530.


Book presentation

Prof. Tiffany Joseph

Race on the Move: Brazilian Migrants and the Global Reconstruction of Race

Wed April 15, 2015, 1:00—2:30 pm
Richard B. Moore Library: S224, Soc. and Behav. Sciences.


April 21-22, 29-30, Hummanities 1006 at 7pm. 

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Uruguayan filmmaker

Aldo Garay on campus

Screenings and talks

April 17, 21 and 22, 2015

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NEW FACULTY COLLOQUIUM and End of the Year Reception
Prof. Karina Yager (Sustainability Studies Program)

April 29, 2015 , from 1 to 1.45 pm

Lunch will be served


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