Día de los muertos 2019

Friday, November 1st


Purdue Memorial Union Ballrooms, 101 North Grant Street, West Lafayette, IN 47906

Co-Sponsored with Purdue Student Union Board

Paid parking available at Grant Street Parking Garage (120 S. Grant Street, West Lafayette, IN 47906)

Each November 2nd (or as close to the day as possible) 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. 

Departments, academic units, student and community organizations at Purdue University create altars that honor the dead and also provide learning opporutnities for the community. We give the community opportunities to participate in rituals and traditions such as eating pan de muerto and decorating sugar skulls. 

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



This event is free and open to the public.