by Bryan Orozco
The date Nov. 2 is traditionally recognized to give tribute and honor the lives of the deceased. In Mexican Indigenous tradition, death is seen as natural part of life and not something to be feared. As a memorial to the deceased, altars are set up as offerings that display images, favorite foods, and other tokens that were personal to the deceased. Marigolds, candles, pan de muertos, and sweets are also offerings set on altars.This all day affair will begin on 8 a.m. with the altar viewings open to the public. This years student altars are dedicated to both national and local figures in social justice struggle and popular culture and to the lives of migrants crossing the desert.