Dia de los Muertos

History:
El Dia de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead), a Mexican celebration, is a day to celebrate, remember and prepare special foods in honor of those who have departed. On this day in Mexico, the streets near the cemeteries are filled with decorations of papel picado, flowers, candy calaveras (skeletons and skulls), and parades. It is believed that the spirit of the dead visit their families on October 31 and leave on November 2.

In order to celebrate, the families make altars and place ofrendas (offerings) of food such as pan de muertos baked in shapes of skulls and figures, candles, incense, yellow marigolds known as cempazuchitl (also spelled zempasuchil) and most importantly a photo of the departed soul is placed on the altar.

It might sound somewhat morbid, but the Mexicans react to death with mourning along with happiness and joy. They look at death with the same fear as any other culture, but there is a difference. They reflect their fear by mocking and living alongside death.

Living alongside death means that Mexicans have to learned to accept it within their lives. Death is apparent in everyday life. It is in art and even in children’s toys. It is not respected as it is in other cultures. Children play “funeral” with toys that are made to represent coffins and undertakers.

Death is laughed at in its face. Many euphemisms are used for death, La calaca (the skeleton), la pelona (“baldy”), la flaca (“skinny”), and la huesada (“bony”). There are refranes, sayings, and poems that are popular with day of the dead. These sayings are cliches and lose meaning when translated. For example “La muerte es flaca y no puede conmigo” means “Death is skinny/weak and she can’t carry me.” Calaveras (skulls) are decorated with bright colors with the name of the departed inscribed on the head. Children carrying yellow marigolds enjoy the processions to the cemetery. At the cemetery, music is played and dances are made to honor the spirits.

Death is a celebration in Mexico. Death is among them.

UCSC Events:
El Centro is hosting a series of events in honor of El Dia de los Muertos. Events includes:

Tuesday, October 18th:
Haciendo Calacas de Azucar/Making Sugar Skulls
6:00-8:00pm at the Merrill College Cultural Center

Thursday, October 20:
2nd Annual Día De Los Muertos Art Exhibit
8:00pm at Porter College Bridge Gallery

Wednesday, October 26:
Creating a Community Altar
7:00 – 10:00 PM at College Nine Ten Multipurpose Room

Thursday, October 27:
Día De Los Muertos Ceremonia
Facepainting begins at 6:00pm and Program starts at 7:15pm at College Nine and Ten Multipurpose Room

For more detailed information about the events please click on this link below:
Dia de los Muertos Events

Sabrosura Dance Troupe will take part of this celebration by performing at Día De Los Muertos Ceremonia on the 27th of October. So come and see them perform with their faces painted as skulls!

Here’s the video of their performance!

 

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UCSC Preview Day

On Saturday, October 15th, University of California Santa Cruz held a campus wide event called Preview Day. Its for prospective students, families and even transfers to come and visit UCSC and learn about what UCSC has to offer for them. They held informational sessions that includes information on:

  • UCSC’s High-Impact Interdisciplinary Research and Teaching
  • Campus and Student Life
  • Our Distinctive Living and Learning Communities… the 10 Residential Colleges
  • Frosh and Transfer Admissions and Selection Criteria for Fall 2012

Ending each session with a 90 minutes walking tour of our beautiful campus led by a student tour guide. Throughout the day, student performances were held at the Quarry Plaza right next to the Baytree Bookstore. Student performances included Grupo Folklorico Los Mejicas and Sabrosura Dance Troupe.

Pictures below are from Preview Day:

We have a video too! Check it out!

Keep up the good work Sabrosura!

Carnaval: New Student Welcome

Last Friday, El Centro hosted an event called Carnaval. Raza and Multiculural student organizations, campus and community resources provided students with information…a perfect opportunity to explore where you want to get involved. The Resource Fair also included campus programs and units that makes a REAL difference in our experience on campus. CARNAVAL is about meeting new people, getting grounded, having some great comida/food, performances, musica and sneeking in a  little dancing before the night is over! Food included Pupusas, Tamales, Agua Frescas, Duritos, Frutas, Popcorn, Ice Cream.  And lots and lots of people to meet and connect with!  Performances held by Grupo Folklorico Los Mejicas,  Rainbow Theatre, Sabrosura and Music by DJ. Rodexx!!

Sabrosura has been preparing for this performance for so long. After countless of hours and practices, Sabrosura gave their all at that stage and danced their hearts out! We danced a hybrid that included Bachata, Cumbia, Duranguense, Guys’ Solo, Reggaeton, Punta, and Merengue.

Here’s the video from Sabrosura’s first performace!!!

Congratulations to all of you for your first performance of the year!!!

Congratulations!

During the weekend of Oct 1st-2nd, Sabrosura held try-outs for those who want to be on the team for the year of 2011-2012. A number of students, both returning and new members, attended and tried out for a spot on the team. Congratulations for those who made the team, you guys deserve it!

If you want to try-out for Sabrosura, we will be having try-outs again at the beginning of winter quarter. We will let you know the dates! If you tried out and didn’t made it or you want to join for winter quarter? Here’s your chance!

Below are some pictures from the try-outs!