By Maria Ramos, Spanish and Latin American Culture professor
Ofrendas have a special place in my native culture and in my heart. Meaningfully decorated altars commemorating the lives of loved ones who have died are a Día de los Muertos (Day(s) of the Dead) tradition that has been passed down generation to generation in my family, and it is a joy to be able to share it with you.
Please join me on Thursday, Nov. 2, at noon, for an altar-making workshop in the Lorenzo Cultural Center during Macomb’s commemoration of Día de los Muertos. I will show you how to create your own ofrenda to honor someone dear that you have lost. For inspiration, there will be a display of ofrendas remembering Macomb faculty and staff who have died over the past year. Each includes a brief bio, written in Spanish by one of my students, recognizing the contributions and dedication of these former colleagues.
Whether you join me to create an ofrenda honoring one of your own loved ones or to view the ofrenda display paying tribute to departed Macomb faculty and staff, please remember that Día de los Meurtos is not a time for grief. It is, instead, a true celebration of life, but with a gentle reminder that we should not take it for granted.