Día de los muertos at Reed Library

Día de los muertos is a popular Mexican holiday that dates back 3000 years to the Aztec Empire. Those who celebrate Día de los muertos believe that on midnight October 31st and November 1st the souls of their departed loved ones descend to visit their families.

Monday, October 28th
Is there a dead poet or author you admire?
Come share your ideas for our ofrenda.
Library Lobby 1-2 PM

Tuesday, October 29th
Papel Picado Party
Help us cut our brightly colored tissue paper designs and make cempazuchitl flowers.
Library Room L17 1-2 PM

Friday, November 1st
It is believed the dead enjoy the tastes and smells of food. Join us for pan de muerto and chocolate as we celebrate Día de los Muertos.
Library Lobby 1-3 PM

All events are free and open to students, faculty, and staff. For more information contact Lily De La Fuente, Humanities Librarian, at delafuente@reed.edu

Ofrenda = an offering
Calavera = representation of a skull
Papel picado = perforated paper
Pan de muerto = sweet bread traditionally baked for Día de los muertos
Cempazuchitl flowers = marigolds