Dasia Elswick

(Rock Hill, S.C.) — Winthrop University celebrated the Day of the Dead, the traditional Mexican holiday where people celebrate the souls of their deceased family members through music, food and drink.

The DiGiorgio Student Union (DSU) hosted a cultural event Nov. 1 celebrating the day in and around the school’s campus center.

DSU committee member Alana Walker said the celebration was part of a larger theme to expose the campus community to international cultures.

“Our theme for the year is ‘around the world’ and so we want to bring in different cultures and different experiences to get students involved and educated,” Walker said.

The university requires students to attend cultural events, “In an effort to provide a well-rounded education,” according to Winthrop’s website.

This invites many students the opportunity to learn more about other cultures or for some to celebrate something they are familiar with.

“Dios de Los Muertos is one of the more special Spanish holidays that are close to me, because of how I was raised and being close to the dead on this day and honoring them in a celebration rather than mourning is really important to me,” said Nathan Monti, a Winthrop student.

“Being more knowledgeable about any culture is very important for inclusiveness and quality and it broadens one’s perspective,” he said.

The event also featured face painting, a Papel Picado tutorial, traditional songs and dances, and a showing of the Disney film “Coco.”

Three different DSU committees — the daytime late night, performing arts, and Eagle — flicks all came together to create the event.