January 22, 2021

Lake Front News

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Ofrendas Adorn Main Building

Beginning the week of October 29 you might have seen the new additions to the first floor of the main building, a number of paintings and portraits of people and pets adorned with flowers and paper. This is part of the Dia De Los Muertos tradition observed by many Hispanic communities during this time of the year.
The belief behind this practice is that the higher spirit allows the souls of the departed to return to the material plane for a visit so long as an “Ofrenda” is erected to welcome them. An Ofrenda must have the traditional components of images of the departed, things they loved, traditional foods such as mole or tamales, marigolds, candles, incense and water. These measures are taken to ensure that the loved one feels at home at their altar and can refresh themselves after traveling from the spirit world.
One of the most prominent altars is dedicated to one of the founding members of OLLUs Center for Women in Church and Society (CWCS) who had passed this year.
These altars could be seen adorning the campus before the actual celebration began on October 31 before ending November 2.

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