Dia de los Muertos in Naperville

Sugar skulls, face painting and a mariachi band could all be found at North Central’s Day of the Dead celebration.

“Dia de los Muertos, it’s a celebration. It’s a way of celebrating death; it’s not that we’re sad someone passed away. It’s just a way of us honoring their deaths, a way of us honoring their legacy, remembering who they were really and it’s a way of celebrating everyone,” said Vanessa Mendoza, a senior at North Central who helped organize the celebration.

To help honor loved ones who’ve died, there was an altar with some of their favorite things and a special remembrance service conducted in both English and Spanish.

“This year in particular we have about 20% of our incoming students who have declared they have Hispanic heritage. So we wanted to honor them, remind them that North Central is home for them and celebrate diversity in North Central,” explained Assistant Professor of Spanish at North Central College, Patricia Bayona.

Every year, the Day of the Dead runs from October 31 to November 2.

Naperville News 17’s Evan Summers reports.

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