Every year, the Seattle Center Festál committee hosts a Dia de Los Muertos festival, which translates to a “day of the dead” festival. A scene unlike any other you’ll find around here, it embraces Spanish traditions, and brings to the table fun that’s rich with food, arts, and culture. Some main attractions throughout the holiday are intricate face paintings, sugar skulls, and paper skeletons.
This year, our Spanish club made the trek down to the festivities on October 30th, and got to see just what it was all about, experiencing something far different than what our town has to offer. President of the Spanish Club, Hannah Novy said “it was really cool to be able to be immersed in a culture that’s so different than ours, and it’s so close to home…normally you’d have to go to Mexico to experience something like this.”
The festival included authentic foods, the best of which, according to attendee’s, being the sweet breads, or pan de muertos. The art was widely varied, including a candlelight memorial to the tragedy at Orlando, covered in marigolds and other flowers.
The advisor for the club, Mr. Duskin said that everything went very well, and he was glad everyone got to go to experience this culture, and understand another society’s view of death, embracing it, rather than fearing it.
Spanish club member Hannah Poteet said, “it was amazing to experience something besides the American culture, it’s a holiday that embraces death, and it was interesting to see a different point of view than what we know.”