In celebration of Day of the Dead, El Museo Latino created an ofrenda, or offering, for those who have died.
The museum has had an ofrenda every year since 1993, according to museum founder and Executive Director Magdalena Garcia.
“This is our 25th ofrenda installation,” Magdalena Garcia said.
The ofrenda displayed candy skulls, candles and was full of marigolds. It is also common to put the favorite foods of those who have died on the ofrenda, including pan de muertos.
“Combining elements from indigenous Aztec and Christian traditions, the Day of the Dead celebrates our departed loved ones through the remembrance of an ‘ofrenda’ (offering),” according to the El Museo Latino website. The ofrenda will be open for viewing until Nov. 17.
There are also other events to celebrate the Day of the Dead. “Special workshops [that] will be held during the Day of the Dead exhibit at El Museo Latino in October and November,” according to the El Museo Latino website.
Other events that are offered to celebrate Latino heritage are Cinco de Mayo, Día de los Niños and Las Posadas, said Magdalena Garcia.
El Museo Latino was not the only place that had a celebration for the Day of the Dead. There were also festivities on Creighton’s campus.
The Creighton University Latino Student Association decorated cookies for Day of the Dead and later joined the Intercultural Center to watch the movie “Coco.”
“I love the organization, and it’s provided me some great opportunities to feel unity within the Latino students on campus while promoting cultural diversity,” Treasurer of CULSA and Heider College of Business student Natalie Garcia said.
The association also organizes other events to celebrate Latino heritage, which include Las Mañanitas, Natalie Garcia said.
“And we have a bilingual mass in celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe followed with a reception with live music and delicious Hispanic food.”
Both organizations have a goal of teaching the community about Latino culture and providing a greater awareness.
“We are always interested in partnering and collaborating,” Garcia said when asked if El Museo Latino would be willing to cooperate with CULSA. “We can discuss possible collaboration for next year.”