Latines Unides welcomes the Luther College and Decorah community to experience Day of the Dead from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, in the North Gym of Regents Center at Luther College. Day of the Dead is an important cultural holiday and celebration for many Latin American families as it is a day to remember friends and relatives who have passed on.
"We are excited to celebrate this event for the second consecutive year at Luther College. We see this as a venue for cultural exchange, the bridging of cultural and religious understanding," says Tony Pérez Soto, co-president of Latines Unides. "Simultaneously, we aim to bring more representation of the Latino culture to the forefront. To do that we need the support and participation of the Luther and Decorah community."
The event is open to the public with no charge for admission. It will feature Latin American food for sale, live performances, face-painting, raffles and more. Latines Unides hopes that through hosting this event, they can share their heritage, give Luther and Decorah community members a space to recognize and celebrate the holiday and educate participants about Latino culture.
"We want our community to come together and learn about different spiritual traditions as a way to increase cultural promotion and competency," says Pérez Soto.
Latines Unides is a Luther College recognized student group that works to spread the exciting and wonderful aspects of Latino culture as well as provide an outlet for students of Hispanic origin to express themselves without judgement. The group is planning to bring more lectures, panels and discussions about cultural and political identity of Latin America to campus to promote a more solid identity and knowledge of the Hispanic world as a whole.
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