Day of the Dead Festival (International Event)On November 8, 2018 by Carley Grace
The Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday celebrated on October 31, November 1, and November 2. It is a time for loved ones to celebrate and remember those who have passed on. On November 3, OU hosted the Day of the Dead festival. They had local artists, dancers, singers, and vendors of Mexican heritage there to celebrate. There were also rides and local cuisine. The first thing I saw when I got there was a group of young women performing a dance with lit candles balanced atop their heads. The tradition says, if the ladies are able to perform the entire dance without the candle extinguishing or without the candle’s cup shattering, the good witch has smiled favorably towards you and your loved ones are still with you. If the candle goes out or breaks, it means the bad witch has come instead and your loved ones have truly passed. The ladies performed it perfectly, of course, so I went on to explore some other things. Many local businesses owned by people of Mexican descent were present. They had jewelry, dreamcatchers, scarves, shoes, dresses, art, face painting, and even a chiropractic practitioner had set up a booth. They had a great variety of food trucks present as well and the whole festival smelled fantastic. I got some food, sat on a curb, and listened to the band that was playing in the background. They play both modern pop and traditional Hispanic music. I mean they even played One Direction’s “That’s What Makes You Beautiful”. It was amazing to see how many people attended this event. Many people dressed up and brought their kids, and they looked like they were having a good time. I’m not going to lie, there were times when I had a hard time understanding what was going on because of the language barrier, but that didn’t stop me from having a good time. The event lasted from 4 pm to 9 pm, but I only stayed a couple of hours because I forgot to put warmer clothes on. I had a great time and learned some stuff I did not know about the Day of the Dead.