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Central Community College hosts Day of the Dead event

Published: Nov. 6, 2021 at 9:29 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Día de los Muertos or, Day of the Dead, may have ended on November 2, but Central Community College staff held an event today to celebrate the holiday in central Nebraska. In Hispanic tradition, Day of the Dead is a day to remember and honor loved ones who died.

Maria Lopez, diversity recruiter for CCC was one of the event organizers. Lopez also took part in the festivities by setting up an alter herself to remember her parents who passed away and explained the purpose behind the alters.

“In the alters we put whatever they used to like when they were with us and its the day the culture that they came and stay with us and eat the food and drink the water and whatever is in the alter is for them,” Lopez said.

There were food trucks, a lot of dancing, face painting and even a Catrin-Catrina contest.

Thirteen-year-old, Nataly Morales, from Hastings participated in the contest Saturday afternoon. She said there was a deep meaning behind the Catrina costume her and her family had put together.

“A women who was ... she felt better than everyone else because she had a lot of money but then when she died, they decorated her like this, they used it to signify that, no matter how rich or much better you think you are than others, you all end up the same. So, like, you know, just be kind to others,” Morales said.

Prizes were given out for the best costume and presentation during the contest. The Day of the Dead event at CCC went on from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday.

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