The NOVA Woodbridge Campus recently celebrated ¡Recuérdanos!, a daylong event to celebrate Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). This holiday, popular in Mexico and a few other Latin American countries, is an occasion to honor and remember loved ones who passed. It started as an Aztec tradition and was incorporated into All Saints Day and All Souls Day by the Catholic church.
Students were treated to a Peruvian chicken lunch. Later in the evening, guests enjoyed a Hispanic potluck of savory and sweet food and also voted for their favorite altar, made by Woodbridge students. People were able to decorate their own masks and leave messages for their loved ones. All day long, Hispanic music played in The NEST, inspiring many to dance. The night was capped off with a presentation of the movie Coco, in Spanish, with English subtitles.
The event was open to students, faculty, staff, and the Woodbridge community. Approximately 200 people attended. Many people enjoyed the opportunity to learn more about Día de los Muertos and their own families. Several students worked with their parents and other family members when making food and altars. Thank you to Professors Jenny López-Ramírez (Communications) and Chaiya Mohanty Ortiz (Spanish) and students Josemanuel Tello and Natalie Villalobos for making this event possible.