Día de los Muertes

One of the highlights of my Halloween weekend was the Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertes)
festival at the Lloyd Noble Center. I did not realize how much of a community celebration this was. There were little children in Halloween costumes, and families walking around. I think it was great to see how much the University engages with the Norman community.
The music was extremely festive and there were bright colors everywhere. My friend and I rode a few rides and I got a flower painted on my hand! The food was excellent! I tried chicken flautas (Flautas pollo y res) and it was amazing.
The artwork is what stood out to me the most. There were a lot of pieces that had beautifully vibrant colors. The jewelry was exquisite and elegantly made. There were so many different styles, but it was clear that they all came for this distinct culture.
I really enjoyed experience the culture surrounding the Day of the Dead. In Hispanic culture, there is much more respect and reverence regarding our ancestors. In my family, we don’t have any way to honor our dead. We have a lovely funeral and we occasionally visit graves, but this is an annual celebration of all those who came before us and those who we loved and loved us. I really think it’s beautiful and I would like to investigate more of the my German heritage to see if we have any significant ways of honoring our dead.

Author: Lydia

Hi! My name's Lydia Brinkmann and I am a Freshman here at the University of Oklahoma studying Dramaturgy. Now I know most people don't know what that is so I'll give you a brief summary. A dramaturg is a theater analytic, we are the experts on the scripts, and we do a bunch of digging and research on the play. We then use this information to collaborate with the director, designers, and performers to create the best show possible. We're the theater nerds in the truest sense :) I'm originally from Cincinnati, Ohio and I've lived there all of my life. I've only ever traveled outside of the United States once, when I went to El Salvador for a week. I hope to travel to a Spanish speaking country while at OU and fully engross myself in their culture. I want to one day incorporate the traditions of all different countries and their cultures into my art. I want to bring life from around the world to people here in the United States and share my love for theater and our global community at the same time.

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