Students raise funds for cancer-related charities

Penn State Beaver students hosted a Day of the Dead celebration last Monday and raised more than $300 for cancer-related charities, including the Susan G. Komen For the Cure organization. The students are members of the Spanish classes taught by Robin Bower, associate professor of Spanish. The funds are from faculty, staff, students, and members of the public who visited the exhibit.

The Day of the Dead is a Mexican custom that some associate with the United States’ custom of Halloween. But the customs have different origins, and their attitudes toward death are different. The Day of the Dead celebrates the memories of the deceased. It is one of Mexico’s biggest holidays and Day of the Dead celebrations are becoming more common in the United States, especially in areas with large Hispanic populations.

For more information about next year’s Day of the Dead event, contact Bower at rmb29@psu.edu or 724-773-3886.

 

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Last Updated November 08, 2010