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Dia de los Muertos Celebrated on Campus

Oct. 23, 2014

What/When:
Cal State Fullerton celebrates the annual Dia de los Muertos with two days of dance performances, face painting and altars. The Chicana and Chicano Studies Alliance's (C@SA) festivities take place Wednesday, Oct. 29, while the events presented by Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan (MEChA) will be held Tuesday, Nov. 4. Both days' events are free and open to the public.

Why:
"The annual events of the Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead at Cal State Fullerton by the Chicana and Chicano Studies Alliance and el Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan are important because they demonstrate the legacy of this pre-European contact celebration as it continues into the present," says Alexandro Gradilla, chair and associate professor of Chicana and Chicano studies.

"Furthermore, it is an event that all communities, whether they are Latino or not, can take part in and understand because this celebration gives voice to a life cycle event we do not like to discuss here in the United States."

Schedule:
Oct. 29
Plaza in front of the Humanities-Social Sciences Building

10:30 a.m. - Procession
11 a.m. - Danza Azteca
12 p.m. - Ballet Folklórico
12 p.m.- Skull and mask decorating, face painting and altar workshops
2 p.m. - Vendor spotlight
5 p.m. - Mariachi performance
6 p.m. - Danza Azteca
7 p.m. - Candlelight vigil

Nov. 4
CSUF Quad

This year, MEChA is dedicating altars to Frida Khalo and Cesar Chavez. Activities taking place from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. include sugar skull and face painting, piñata making and balloon decorating, as well as performances by Ballet Folklórico de CSUF, Son Jarocho and Toyacan Danza Azteca Unidos. The full schedule is available online

Where:
California State University, Fullerton
800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton, 92831

More Info:
For the Oct. 29 event, call 657-278-3839 or email casa@fullerton.edu. For the Nov. 4 event, call 657-278-3846 or email mechadecsuf@gmail.com.

Media Contact:
Sarah Muñoz, 657-278-3801

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