In celebration of Día de Los Muertos, the Office of Student Life invites all students, faculty, and staff to attend a workshop to create marigolds and sugar skulls.

Marigolds and sugar skulls are two important symbols for the Day of the Dead holiday, which honors the deceased. Marigolds are often referred to as “flowers of the dead” and the scent of the bright orange blossoms help attract souls to the altar.

Although the holiday deals with the subject of death, Día de Los Muertos is not solely focused on the dead. On the contrary, it is day filled with joyful celebration involving family and friends. Sugar skulls are common gifts and often light-hearted and even irreverent verses in the form of mock epitaphs are written on the skulls in dedication to living friends and acquaintances. This literary form is known as calaveras literarias.

This fun annual Student Life event will be hosted in Ken Locke Hall on October 21 from 1 to 5 pm Pacific Time. Attendees are urged to bring copies of photos of loved ones to be placed on a constructed altar for the event. In addition, Mexican hot cocoa will be served during the celebration.

Marigold & Sugar Skulls flyer