Organizations set up Día de los Muertos altar in the Union

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Alijah McCracken

An “ofrenda,” which is Spanish for the word offering, is a collection of objects placed on a ritual altar during the annual Day of the Dead Celebration.

An “ofrenda,” which is a Spanish word that means offering, is a collection of objects placed on a ritual altar during the annual and traditionally Mexican Day of the Dead Celebration.

Washburn Student Government Association members partnered with members from the Hispanic and Latino Organization to set up an altar in the basement of Memorial Union for the Día de los Muertos celebration.

The holiday is about remembering the life and death of loved ones who have died. Altars contain photos of lost ones along with their favorite foods and other symbolic items.

Marigolds, which are the most common flowers associated with the Day. It is believed the flowers’ strong smell and bold colors attract the souls of the dead to return back to the Land of the Living.