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Day of the Dead celebration kicks off Mexico Remixed

Nov 5, 2018

Last week’s First Thursdays Festival featured performances and activities celebrating Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, a Mexican holiday of remembrance for friends and family members who have died.

That included performances from groups like Mariachi Perla del Medio Oeste, an ensemble supported by the Jacobs School of Music’s Latin American Music Center, and Ritmos Latinos Indiana. Festival attendees also saw a Day of the Dead altar constructed by La Casa Latino Culture Center and Mathers Museum of World Cultures and were able to try their hand at creating their own Day of the Dead altar.

The celebration kicked off Mexico Remixed, IU’s third annual Global Arts and Humanities Festival.

An altar at the Day of the Dead celebration
A drawing of a sugar skull being colored in with markers
Photos by James Brosher, Indiana University
Ballet Folórico performs
The festival included performances from Ballet Folórico, Ritmos Latinos Indiana and more.Photo by James Brosher, Indiana University
A student has his face painted
IU student John Fleming has a sugar skull painted on his face during the celebration.Photo by James Brosher, Indiana University
First Thursdays Festival celebrating Day of the Dead
A student paints another student's face
Photos by James Brosher, Indiana University

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