Sugar skull decorating highlights Day of the Dead program Oct. 13 at York campus

September 28, 2016

YORK, Pa. — Decorate a sugar skull and learn more about the Mexican Day of the Dead on Thursday, Oct. 13, when Penn State York offers an early look at this holiday celebration. There will be plenty of colorful paint to decorate a sugar skull from noon to 1 p.m. in the conference center of the Main Classroom Building. 

This event, sponsored by the Penn State York Diversity Committee and the Hispanic Student Association, is free and open to the public, and part of the campus' Hispanic Heritage Month celebration.

Those who attend can select a sugar skull to decorate and, at the same time, learn about the Mexican Day of the Dead. Veronica Calvillo, assistant professor of Spanish at Gettysburg College, will talk about the holiday and some of the traditions, such as decorating sugar skulls.

The Day of the Dead is celebrated in central and southern Mexico on Nov. 1 and 2, and is a time to honor deceased loved ones. Those who celebrate believe that the gates of heaven are opened at midnight on Oct. 31, and the spirits of all deceased children are allowed to reunite with their families for 24 hours. The spirits of the adults come down on Nov. 2 to enjoy the festivities that are prepared for them.

This is just one of many events on campus throughout the year to celebrate diversity, inclusion and equity.

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    Jasmine Johnson, a Penn State York student majoring in human development and family studies, shows off her decorated sugar skull during the Day of the Dead program last year.

    IMAGE: Barbara Dennis

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Last Updated October 06, 2016