Day of the Dead celebration kicks off Mexico Remixed

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.

From the top: An altar honoring Dia de los Muertos was on display at this month's First Thursdays Festival; festival attendees were invited to decorate sugar skulls; Ballet Folórico performs during the Day of the Dead celebration. Photos by James Brosher, Indiana University

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The festival included performances from Ballet Folórico, Ritmos Latinos Indiana and more. Photo by James Brosher, Indiana University
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IU student John Fleming has a sugar skull painted on his face during the celebration. Photo by James Brosher, Indiana University

From the top: The festival was moved indoors thanks to inclement weather; IU student Angelica Navarro paints faces during the festival; students decorate candles for their own Day of the Dead altars. Photos by James Brosher, Indiana University