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Student Organization Hosts Day of the Dead Activities

Photo of Day of Dead celebration. The Latino Student Organization celebrated Dia de los Muertos earlier this week.

Vermillion, S.D. – The Latino Student Organization at the University of South Dakota celebrated Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead with a variety of activities last Wednesday evening.

Karla Jaime, the president of LaSO, said the Day of the Dead is an event celebrated every Nov. 2nd in different parts of Latin America. .

“It differs from Halloween in the sense that on Halloween we wear masks and build jack-o’-lanterns to scare the spirit away, and on Day of the Dead, we welcome them in,” she said. “Different aspects of this holiday help those that are lost or can’t find their way in so we can communicate or perhaps see our loved ones who have passed once again.”

Many people bring the loved one’s favorite food to their burial places, as well as pictures of them. They also build altars to their loved ones to put these items on.

Jaime said the LaSO activities included food, drink, candy, and a slide show to educate others about the Day of the Dead. There was also a small altar, decorations, and Mary Golds.

“The yellow ones act as a bright guidance so the spirits can find their way into this world,” she said.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
USD News