On Saturday, the Latino Chicano Student Association hosted the second Night of the Dead dance in the Kirby Ballroom. The Night of the Dead is a day that is celebrated in some Latin American countries (Brazil, Guatemala, Mexico, Ecuador and Bolivia). The holiday focuses on celebrating the life of lost loved ones.
“It’s a time to celebrate life,” said Thelmy Maldonado, a member of the Latino Chicano Student Association.
While people do not traditionally wear costumes for the Night of the Dead, the Latino Chicano Student Association has included the American tradition of costumes.
Samuel McCurry’s first time at the dance was Saturday. McCurry is an active member in the Multicultural Center.
“I’m just going to have a good time. I came here to set up,” McCurry said.
Maldonado talked about the diversity of Spanish music and culture. Generally, its many influences can surprise people.
“The Night of the Dead, in my opinion, brings two different cultures together: The Night of the Dead and Halloween,” Maladonado said.
BY APRILL EMIG