San José, Calif. - October 28, 2010- The National Hispanic University (NHU) will host a Día de los Muertos celebration on Tuesday, November 2, from noon–10 p.m. As part of the celebration, NHU is sponsoring a Día de los Muertos exhibition which includes traditional as well as contemporary ofrendas honoring our ancestors and leaders of the Mexican Revolution.
Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is an ancient celebration with a complex history. Its observance varies by region and by degree of urbanization; however, it is generally a time when Mexican families remember their dead and celebrate the continuity of life. The original celebration can be traced back to many Mesoamerican native traditions, including the festivities held during the Aztec month of Miccaihuitontli, which were presided over by the “Lady of the Dead” (Mictecacihuatl) and dedicated to deceased loved ones.
Mexicans now celebrate the Day of the Dead during the first two days of November, which coincide with the Christian holidays of All Saints Day and All Souls Day. The modern festivity is characterized by a blend of ancient, native Mexican traditions and Christian rituals.
NHU’s celebration is part of Hispanic Heritage Month, a celebration honoring the cultures and traditions of Americans whose heritage is tied to Spain, Mexico and the Spanish-speaking nations of Central and South America and the Caribbean.
About The National Hispanic University
The National Hispanic University (NHU) was founded in 1981 to provide Hispanic students with access to quality higher education. NHU offers a diverse portfolio of undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs in business, education and information technology, delivered in a multicultural, collaborative and supportive learning environment. The 11-acre campus is located in California’s Silicon Valley. NHU is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), http://www.wascsenior.org. More than 500 students attend NHU. For more information, visit www.NHU.edu.