COC celebrates Dia de los Muertos

Juan Blanco, left has his face painted by Ana DeSantiago at a special reception to acknowledge the contributions of various departments and student clubs that collaborated to present the inaugural Day of the Dead event held at Mentry Hall at College of the Canyons in Valencia on Tuesday. Dan Watson/The Signal
With an extensive exhibit, live music and Mexican pastries, students and staff at College of the Canyons commemorated “Day of the Day” Tuesday. Dia de los Muertos, “Day of the Dead,” is a multi-day, traditional holiday celebrated Oct. 31 to Nov. 2 throughout Mexico and Latin America.  It dates back to Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica and is meant to honor ancestors, family and friends who have died. Participants traditionally celebrate the holiday with sugar skulls, marigolds, altars, food and more.
Michael Capella, 2,  left, and his mother, College of the Canyons student, Diana Capella take a close-up lokk at the Day of The Dead alter on display at the inaugural  Day of the Dead event  held at Mentry Hall at College of the Canyons in Valencia  on Tuesday. Dan Watson/The Signal
Michael Capella, 2, left, and his mother, College of the Canyons student, Diana Capella take a close-up lokk at the Day of The Dead alter on display at the inaugural Day of the Dead event held at Mentry Hall at College of the Canyons in Valencia on Tuesday. Dan Watson/The Signal
COC’s multidisciplinary exhibit featured student drawings, jewel skulls, a genealogical tree and an altar from many of the college’s departments. Students involved in the art, anthropology, biology, culinary arts, ESL, honors, modern languages and theatre departments worked together to bring the holiday to life. The exhibit culminated Tuesday to honor of the holiday and to acknowledge the contributions of departments and student clubs. Twenty-five students from the Universidad Tecnologica de Leon in Mexico studying English as
Colllege of the Canyons culinary arts students Taylor Newman, left, and Ignacia Murillo bring in trays of R.I.P cupcakes for the inaugural Day of the Dead event held at Mentry Hall at College of the Canyons in Valencia on Tuesday. Dan Watson/The Signal
Colllege of the Canyons culinary arts students Taylor Newman, left, and Ignacia Murillo bring in trays of R.I.P cupcakes for the inaugural Day of the Dead event held at Mentry Hall at College of the Canyons in Valencia on Tuesday. Dan Watson/The Signal
a Second Language at COC also spoke to attendees about the significance of the holiday in their country. [email protected] 661-287-5575 On Twitter as @_ChristinaCox_

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Christina Cox is a multimedia journalist covering education, community and breaking news in the Santa Clarita Valley. She joined The Signal as a staff writer in August 2016.