Uncategorized | 7:33 pm | November 2, 2010 | By Jenny Dai

Students celebrate el Día de los Muertos on Beinecke Plaza

While some Yalies ran around getting people out to vote Tuesday, students from the Yale Mexican Student Organization celebrated Nov. 2 as el Día de los Muertos.

A central part of the celebration was an altar in Beinecke Plaza that featured colorful candy skulls and vibrant pictures of skeletons.

Even Yale administrators made cameos. In the center of the altar, there was a skull with “Levin” written on the forehead and Yale College Dean Mary Miller contributed zempoalxochitl, flowers used only on el Día de los Muertos.

Next to the flamboyant display, there was “pan de muerto,” or “bread of the dead,” bun-shaped sweet bread, and hot chocolate. The hot cocoa was no Swiss Miss, but La Abuelita, a brand under Nestle that is popular in Mexico.

At noon, there was a dance performance by Ballet Folklórico Mexicano de Yale.

The altar was in the Beinecke Plaza from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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