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What is the Day of the Dead? Celebration observed at University of Oregon

The two day celebration is dedicated to loved ones who have passed away. Creating alters with offerings called ofrendas including the person's favorite food, drinks and items that they once loved. (SBG)

EUGENE, Ore.- A celebration that invites the dead to hang-out with the living for only a few hours: No, its not it’s not Halloween.

It is Dia de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead.

It's a well-known holiday celebrated in the Latino community, predominantly in Mexico.

The celebration dates back to the Aztec times in Mexico, says Cheryl Hartup, the Latin American curator at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum.

“In the Aztec time children who would pass away were celebrated for the month of September and adults the whole month of October and then it was condensed to a two day time period,” said Hartup.

The two day celebration is dedicated to loved ones who have passed away. Creating alters with offerings called ofrendas including the person's favorite food, drinks and items that they once loved.

It is believed that at night they will come and visit the living for a few hours.

Armando Morales is one of the organizers for the Eugene event, which he helped start in 1981 at the University of Oregon.

“Esta celebración nos da un espacio para reconocer que existimos que estamos aquí estamos participando y estas elaborando con la comunidad,” Morales says this celebration gives the Latino community a space to exist and to participate with other members that might not be aware of holidays like this one.

Morales says its something he's starting to see more often in popular culture like in the upcoming animated Disney film, "Coco".

The celebration at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum will be Nov. 1 and Nov. 2 at the University of Oregon Campus.

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