Thursday, October 27, 2011

Dia de los Muertos Pachanga

I would like to invite you on behalf of the Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University to our "Dia de los Muertos" Pachanga tomorrow. Please see the details below. We're also putting up a communal Day of the Dead altar and, as for me, I'll be setting up a teacup, some toast, and a photo of my grandmother who passed, as well as a cigar and a small bottle of whiskey for my grandfather who passed.

Since this is a communal altar, I invite each of you to consider setting up a little memorial on the altar maybe to someone special in your life who has passed. It's a time to celebrate the lives of those loved ones who have passed on and to welcome them back to the world of the living once again. Please bring a little card with your name and the name of the person you will be commemorating, so that we can know that the altar contribution and items are yours. On the card, you should write something like: "Helen Alphonso [the name of the commemorated person] remembered by her grandson Jimmy Huck." Even if you aren't able to set up a memorial on the altar, you are most welcome to pass by the Jones Hall patio (or the Greenleaf Conference Room in Jones Hall -- 100A, in case of rainy weather), to view the altar.

And then there's the Pachanga (Fiesta) starting at 4pm and going until 6pm. We'll have free food, drink, and music from Los Poboycitos. I look forward to seeing you tomorrow (and hopefully, also, your contribution to the altar)!

Formal announcement follows ...

Friday, October 28
Celebrate Día de los muertos
10:00 am – 6:00 PM
100 Jones Hall
Come out Friday to the Jones Patio to contribute an offering to the Stone Center’s ofrenda or altar. Please consider participating in our campus wide celebration of Day of the Dead. Altar installation will begin at 10:00 am and end at 4:00 pm when our end of the semester pachanga will kick-off with Los Poboycitos paying tribute to el día de los muertos.

The altar will be outside in the Jones patio and will only be up Friday 10:00 am until 6:00 pm. If you decide to contribute something, please remember the altar is a special place where we hope vandalism does not occur but we cannot guarantee it will not. Make sure to contribute something of little monetary value. The altar will be taken down by 6:30 pm so please make sure to pick up your items if you would like them back. We will not be responsible for any item left after 6:30 pm.

In addition, special handmade crafts from Antigua, Guatemala will be on sale during the Pachanga.

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