Día de los Muertos 2019!


Puebla, Puebla


What is el Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead?) Every cultural group has a way to remember the dead. Día de los Muertos arises out of the contact between indigenous and European Spanish cultures. The events in the 2019 YA VIENEN LOS MUERTOS/HERE COME THE DEAD celebration are sponsored by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the Migration, Mobility, and Immobility Project in conjunction with several campus programs and organizations to  engage and examine different customs from around the Americas that contribute to the celebration of this holiday. Unlike Halloween in the United States, Día de los Muertos is both a time of thoughtful remembrance and joyful revelry.  The symbolism is not meant to be frightening, and it maintains robust ties to indigenous spirituality.  This year’s Día de los Muertos programming this day’s international focus while interfacing with local community commemorations.


OSU Día de los Muertos Event Schedule for 2019:

Friday, Oct. 18, 2019, 2:30-3:45pm

“Moving Subjects: The Travels of Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Observances”

Eisner Room 205, Sullivant Hall

This roundtable conversation explores the cultural forms associated with migrations, placemaking, memorial practices, and the local iterations of the Mexican celebration of the Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead).  This day – rooted in pre-Hispanic cultures –  has seen diverse interpretations and manifestations since colonial times.  Our panel kicks off the two-day community event that showcases Latinx “muertos” traditions in the Midwest and beyond.


Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019

11 AM – 2:00 PM Gateway Film Center Family Celebration

550 N High Street, Columbus. OH


11:00 – 12:00

FREE Junior’s Food Truck & face painting at the Gateway Center lobby



Coco (2017)

Free Movie Screening in English and Spanish with

OSU Distinguished Professor Dr. Frederick Aldama



Leaving from the Gateway Film Center
Procession to the Sullivant Hall with Laura Rodriguez



How Movement Moves: Dancing Across Borders, from West Africa to the Americas

Plaza in front of Sullivant Hall


3:00-5:00 pm

Reception with altars & exhibit “Latinx Comics Past, Present and Future” curated by Pamela Espinosa de los Monteros

Sullivant Hall


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