Day of the Dead Altar
Wed-Fri, Nov. 1-3, 2023
Global Languages Commons (room 16-635)

Please join us as we come together to celebrate the Mexican holiday the Day of the Dead!

The Day of the Dead celebration, traditionally celebrated on November 1 and 2, by people of Mexican heritage, is both solemn and lighthearted, with family members erecting an altar with candles, photographs, mementos, and the favorite foods and drink of departed loved ones. Even as respects are mournfully paid to the deceased, levity is a hallmark of this festival. Families and friends visit graves and one another, and recall their loved ones with joy and humor.

We invite the MIT community to learn about this unique facet of Mexican culture and take comfort in its meaningful conception of death and remembrance.

A traditional “ofrenda,” or altar, to honor loved ones who have passed, will be placed in the Global Languages Commons (room 16-635). Students, faculty, and staff are welcome to place photos and mementos on the altar.

Traditional sweets and panes de muerto will be available