Day of the Dead is a holiday indigenous to Mexico with
pre-Hispanic origins. It is a syncretism of indigenous rituals and Catholicism
and is a beautiful, spirited, and reverent holiday.
This holiday fortifies family and community ties by its
participants’ preparatory, reciprocal, ritualistic, and meditative activities.
the early 1970s it transformed into the public sphere and quickly became an
effective forum for issues of social injustice, providing a social and
political voice to groups of people who historically have lacked one. Additionally,
Day of the Dead celebrations foster multicultural unity among people from
diverse sociocultural backgrounds.
Every year, the holiday grows in popularity, and it is now
widely celebrated publicly in communities and universities across the United
States. In 2013, IUP celebrated its first annual Day of the Dead Festival, which
generated unprecedented collaboration across the campus, as well as
cross-cultural experiences for students.