Dia de los Muertos event at Purdue helps honor the dead

Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a celebration of life. (WLFI Photo)
Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a celebration of life. (WLFI Photo)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Several Purdue groups are bringing attention to an upcoming holiday many use as a time to honor their loved ones.

Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is meant to be a celebration of life.

The festivities Thursday afternoon started at the Black Cultural Center at 4 p.m. and ended at the Latino Cultural Center about 7 p.m.

A sister from Delta Phi Mu, a Latina-based sorority, said it’s traditional to put bread and sweets out for their loved ones who have died. She said it should be more about honoring those who are no longer here on Earth.

“It shouldn’t be seen as a day of mourning, more of a celebration of those you have loved who have unfortunately had their lives cut short,” said Magdalena Ramos. “We like to celebrate and enjoy the good times, the good memories that were experienced with them.”

The Day of the Dead is celebrated throughout Latin America and in Latino communities across North America on Nov. 1-2.