I wasn’t expecting to attend the Spanish Club’s Day of the Dead display and presentation. I had gone into Kaufmann Hall to meet with the Spanish advisor in order to get my Credit Agreement Form signed and then be on my way. However, the man somehow convinced me to stop in and check it out. After finally finding the right room, I walked into an explosion of color. There were beautifully decorated altars, decorations, skulls, and just so many colorful things everywhere. Day of the Dead is celebrated throughout Latin America, but it is most commonly associated with Mexico, where the tradition originated. The purpose of this holiday is to honor the dead with celebrations, food and drink, and activities that the dead enjoyed during their lifetimes. One of the things that I find most interesting about the Day of the Dead are the calacas and calaveras, or the skeletons and skulls. Day of the Dead and Halloween have so many similarities, but whereas American skeletons and skulls tend to be “scary”, calacas and calaveras are depicted as humorous or mischievous. Calaveras are even sometimes accompanied by poems that “mock” both the living and the dead. Different cultures celebrate the dead in different ways, and it’s interesting to see how people interact with the afterlife.