Nazareth College students learn about Day of the Dead traditions

PITTSFORD — About 20 Spanish-language students gathered in the lobby of Nazareth College’s Casa Hispana Oct. 20 to learn about the Mexican tradition of honoring the dead.
Hilda Chacón, a professor of Spanish and literature, walked the students through the building of an altar to a loved one, which is a common practice for Day of the Dead celebrated on Nov. 2 in Mexico and other areas of Central America.
On a large altar set up in the Casa Hispana foyer, students placed framed pictures, candles, crucifixes and images of Our Lady of Guadalupe, as she is the patroness of Mexico. The items are meant to represent the person who has died by displaying their favorite things and usually include food and drinks, Chacón said.
In Wayne County, the Mexican parish community at Our Lady of Guadalupe Mission in Marion included Day of the Dead festivities in its celebration of Mass on Nov. 1, which is All Saints Day.
(EMC photos by Jeff Witherow)
Spanish Club member Maria Staehr looks over the ofrenda following its assembly Oct. 20 at Casa Hispana on the Nazareth College campus.
Nazareth College student Holly Luke places candles in a candelabra while decorating the ofrenda.
Nazareth College students Amber Oberlender (left) and Amber Lorah (right) decorate the ofrenda.
Fifteen-year-old Sharon Jaramillo (from left), 9-year-old Naomi Rivera-Romero and 15-year-old Jocelyn Ortiz took part in a Nov. 1 All Saints’ Day Mass at Our Lady of Guadalupe Mission in Marion.
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