Las Vegas, New Mexico
October 2018

Dia de Los Muertos


Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de Muertos)


Dia De Los Muertos is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and around the world in other cultures. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died.


Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars called ofrendas honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed and visiting graves with these as gifts. They also leave possessions of the deceased.



The Day of the Dead celebrations in Mexico can be traced back to a pre-Columbian past. Rituals celebrating the deaths of ancestors had been observed by these civilizations perhaps for as long as 2,500–3,000 years.[3] In the pre-Hispanic era skulls were commonly kept as trophies and displayed during the rituals to symbolize death and rebirth.


The festival that became the modern Day of the Dead fell in the ninth month of the Aztec calendar, about the beginning of August, and was celebrated for an entire month. The festivities were dedicated to the goddess[4] known as the "Lady of the Dead", corresponding to the modern Catrina.



Dia de Los Muertos

Exhibit of Altars/Ofrendas
Artist's Reception
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Mariachi Youth Bands/Blessings
La Llorona Skit
Food & Refreshments
Burris Hall, NMHU Campus


Continued Dia de Los Muertos Exhibit
October 23, 2015 - November 5, 2015

Burris Hall

Monday - Friday

9:00am - 4:00pm


La Llorona Festival
More Than a Myth... More Than A Legend...
La Llorona is ever vigilant. Perhaps is is her Maternal Instincts, her Love for Mother Earth
Burris Hall Room 129
2:00pm to 4:00pm


Sponsored by:
Casa de Cultura
New Mexico Highlands University
NMHU Women's Center
City of Las Vegas Lodgers Tax

Casa de Cultura is a tax-exempt community based organization whose mission is to create a cultural environment in the city of Las Vegas, New Mexico and in surrounding communities in northern New Mexico.


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