Day of the Dead
When Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, arrives, family members of departed souls set out water, candles, food and decorated sugar skulls to welcome their lost loved ones. Widely celebrated in Latin America, the day honors the dead as living entities. It celebrates the departed, and helps keep them present in life.
Dia de los Muertos is a tradition at CSU Monterey Bay, where now-retired Professor Amalia Mesa-Bains started it 16 years ago.