El Centro is packed! It is just as lively outside as it is inside, people are currently eating el pan de muerto and hot chocolate, provided by El Centro. Additionally, performances are occurring, right now a clown dressed in full Dia De Los Muertos attire is doing a comedy act. By the entrance of El Centro people are selling panchos, food, and art, all in the spirit of Dia de Los Muertos. I asked the couple pictured up above what “Dia de Los Muertos meant to them,” they began to explain how its a day of remembrance, and not a day to be sad. Further on explaining how people should not be afraid of death, but rather embrace it. It’s a day to celebrate those who have left us, but also remember the beautiful soul and presences they left on earth.
As a group, we put the final touches on our altar, focusing on the aspect of Selena’s most memorable accents. We placed flowers, sage, candles, and la calavera on the first level of our altar, representing the underworld. While the second level, earth, we placed water, bread, lip gloss, and a picture of Selena. On the last level, heaven, we placed a rosary in remembrance of Selena and her spirit coming back.
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We began the ceremony, walked around and saw other altars. Once we walked around we went down to the basement to enjoy some mole con pollo. The group in the picture is the Latina Cultural Production class from the University of Washington, discussing the importance, liveliness, beauty, and togetherness that today, El Dia De Los Muertos has brought.