Día de los Muertos

2021 Virtual Ofrenda

Join the Community of Celebration

Our friends at HSI STEM and Honors College have encouraged members of the Texas State University community to create and host altars on campus. 

       The goals of this campus celebration is to increase a sense of belonging for Hispanic and Latinx students and improve non-Hispanic and Latinx individuals' appreciation of a beloved tradition of Hispanic and Latinx cultures. 

For more information or learn where the altars are on campus, visit the Texas State HSI webpage.

Photo of Dia de los Muertos Skull

History

Celebrated from October 31 – November 2, el Día de los Muertos (The Day of the Dead) is a Mexican holiday where families welcome back the souls of their relatives who have passed away. 

A blend of Mesoamerican ritual, European religion, and Spanish culture, October 31 is Halloween, November 1st is “el Dia de los Inocentes,” (Day of the children) and All Saints Day, and November 2nd is All Souls Day. On their respective days, children and adults can join their families for 24 hours as the gates of heaven are open.

Dating back around 3,000 years ago, the Aztecs and other Nahua people of central-Mexico held a cyclical view of the universe, and saw death as an integral, ever-present part of life. Upon dying, a person was believed to travel to the Land of the Dead and after completing nine challenges, a journey of about 7 years, the soul would reach their final resting place. Traditionally held in August, family members provided food, water, and tools to help their loved ones on their journeys, which carried over to the October/November contemporary celebration.

Learn More

A Celebration of Life: El Dia de los Muertos

Understanding Ofrendas | Day of the Dead

Día De Muertos: Una Celebración De Vida