HIST 135 Students Prepare Community Altar for Día de los Muertos Event

Posted on November 19, 2021 at: 5:29 pm


Students prepare community altar for Day of the Dead event.

Dr. Sonia Robles watches as students prepare a community altar for Día de los Muertos

finished community altar

Mementos of loved ones fill the community altar in the lobby of Munroe Hall.









Students in HIST 135 “Introduction to Latin American History” prepare a community altar in the Munroe Hall lobby for the 2021 Día de los Muertos (Days of the Dead) event. This ritual, which blends pre-Hispanic beliefs that the departed travel from the underworld to their graveside or home altar once each year with Roman Catholic All Souls’ Day, takes place the night of November 1 into November 2. This year’s altar was dedicated to those who have died as a result of COVID-19. Dr. Robles’ students were asked to participate by creating mementos of loved ones who had passed, place them on the altar, and write about their experience.​

This event was sponsored by the UD Anti-Racism Initiative’s subcommittee, the Latino and Hispanic Heritage Caucus.