Día de los muertos 2020

Day of the Dead, Altar Building & Conversations on Death with Jessica Reis Mendivil

Thursday, October 29th, 2020, 5PM EDT

Virtual Event via Zoom.

The Day of the Dead is a way to connect and remember relatives that have passed away. Join us a we discuss a 3,000 year old tradition, learn to build a family altar and open dialogue around death, dying and how to celebrate our loved ones with Jessica Reis Mendivil.

Jessica Reis Mendivil has been a Death Doula for 4 years, She specializes in grief, loss and end of life guidance. She is a member of the International End of Life Doula Association, has expansions in Pregnancy & Infant loss, Pet Hospice, Somatic practice and Ecstatic dance. She believes that grief is sacred, getting old is a rite of passage and that death can be life affirming.  

Missed the event? Click below to a recording and learn about altar building and Day of the Dead. 

Día de los muertos Altar Crawl

Monday, November 2nd, 2020

Asian American & Asian Resource Cultural Center; 8AM-4PM

Black Cultural Center; 10AM-4PM

Latino Cultural Center; 9AM-4PM

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer Center; 12PM-4PM

Co-Sponsored with Purdue University Cultural Centers

Purdue students, faculty and staff are invited to celebrate Día de los muertos by visiting pop-up altars at the Purdue Cultural Centers. Pan de muerto will be available at the LCC while supplies last. This year each cultural center will dedicate their altars to the following:

AAARCC: Those who are impacted by COVID-19 and Anti-Asian Bias and Racism;

BCC: Black Lives Matter, George Floyd and Breonna Taylor;

LCC: Walter Mercado and those Victims of Detention Centers;


Each year the Purdue University Latino Cultural Center gathers to call upon our ancestors who have passed, and to celebrate their life and death.  In 2008, UNESCO recognized the importance of Día de los muertos by adding the holiday to its list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Day of the Dead originated several thousand years ago with the Aztec, Toltec, and other Nahua people. For these pre-Hispanic cultures, death was a natural phase in life’s long continuum. The dead were still members of the community, kept alive in memory and spirit—and during Día de los Muertos, they temporarily returned to Earth. 

Click here to view pictures from Día de los muertos 2018.

This event is open to Purdue University faculty, staff and students. 

Día de los muertos Dot Art

Monday, November 2nd, 2020, 5PM-6PM EST

Virtual Event via Zoom; Register here

Join the LCC and local art studio Flourish Studio & Classroom to create Día de los muertos dot art. The LCC will provide you with tools and Flourish Studio & Classroom will show you the techniques (mandala dot painting with acrylics) to create your own designs from the comfort of your home.