The altars were nicely displayed for viewing in the Blue Room on Nov. 2 and 3.
There were many thought provoking themes,
such as alcoholism, language annihilation, and suicide prevention.
While some displays captured a single family member in time, other ofrendas paid tribute
to a political, gender, social figure or hero of the world; such as those from McNair,
LASo, Anthropology. Ofrendas are
works of ephemeral art and all of the altars on display reflected the collective
creativity of their creators.
There was a drawing to vote for the best ofrenda display. The Department of
Religious Studies won with a whopping 52 percent of the votes. Their altar honored
various religious traditions and theological orientations, even Dr. Theresa Smith’s
pet toy made it to the altar.
The winning group
received a $35.00 gift card from Tres Amigos Restaurant.
We thank everyone for giving us the opportunity to commemorate
their loved one or strong feelings about a theme using one of our Latin
Ofrendas can be as
elaborate or as humble as the maker chooses them to be. There is no right way or wrong way to display
the ofrenda. It is remembering that
the loved one is still with us that counts.
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