Remember Your Loved Ones on Dia de Muertos

A celebration of life, honoring those family and friends who are gone: that’s the Mexican holiday Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead).

For a week beginning Oct. 25, all are invited to join the Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) in observing this beloved tradition rooted in Aztec civilization. Here’s how:

Bring a photo of a loved one and/or a small memento to display on the ofrenda (altar)  in the NEOMED Inclusivity Center.

And visit the Inclusivity Center between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 1, to celebrate with pan y chocolate. (Yes, that’s bread and chocolate. Yum!)

Photos and mementos can be dropped off in the Inclusivity Center any time during the week beginning Oct. 25. The deadline to retrieve them is Tuesday, Nov. 2, at noon.

To learn more about Día de Muertos, check out this National Geographic video, “What is the Day of the Dead?

To learn more about the NEOMED chapter of the LMSA, contact co-presidents Andrea Cervantes at or Leah Choban at, and read “The LMSA Effect: How a Student Organization Is Raising Awareness of Latino Health Needs” in NEOMED’s Ignite magazine.

Photo: Marigold flowers are traditionally used in Dia de Muertos observances.  

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