People pulled out their scariest costumes and bags of candy for Halloween.
However, there is another holiday right around the corner that many aren’t familiar with, Dia de los Muertos, and even though this event is near Halloween, it is not the same thing.
Dia de los Muertos, also known as the Day of the Dead, is coming to Cal State Fullerton Nov. 1 and 7.
The celebration will be held in the Quad Thursday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and will be hosted by Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan (MEChA).
“We’re going to have face painting and altar competitions, which students are able to put a picture of someone that passed away, of who they want to honor,” said Analia Cabral, a member of MEChA.
This is an opportunity for the participants to put out their ancestors’ favorite foods in hope to attract the spirits. Contestants of the altar competition are asked at arrive 9 a.m. so they can set up.
Other activities throughout the day include Aztec dance performances and a candlelight vigil. Also, free pan dulce and pan muerte, which is a traditional bread, will be served.
The celebration of Dia De Los Muertos will continue on Wednesday, Nov. 7.
The Chicana and Chicano Studies Alliance is sponsoring this event.
A member from the Cal State Fullerton organization, Jose Guardado, hopes participants can appreciate the event.
“We want people to learn about our culture and learn about our sacred ceremony for the loves on that passed,” said Jose Guardado, a member of the Chicana and Chicano Studies Alliance, which is sponsoring the event.
The event will start sharply at 11 a.m. and go until 7 p.m. The celebration will be in the plaza in front of the Cal State Fullerton’s Humanities-Social Sciences building.
The celebration of Dia de los Muertos is to pay tribute to ancestors that have passed away.
Both events are also open to the public and are free for everyone to attend. For parking, it is $2 per hour or $8 for an all day permit if you do not have a parking pass already.