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Mexican American Student Association to host “Dia de los Muertos” celebration

Mexican American Student Association to host “Dia de los Muertos” celebration - The Mesquite Online News - Texas A&M University-San Antonio

Members of the Mexican American Student Association set up an ofrenda for Día de los Muertos on the first floor of the Central Academic Building on Oct. 30, 2023. Photo by Tim Danger Ramos

Students, faculty, staff and the community can celebrate Day of the Dead this week, to honor and remember loved ones who have died. “Dia de los Muertos” will be from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Nov. 1 in Room 209 in Classroom Hall and 6-8:30 p.m. Nov. 2 in Room 223 in the Central Academic Building

The Mexican American Student Association at Texas A&M University-San Antonio is hosting its free annual celebration. 

There will be food, music, crafts to make marigold bracelets, candlelight, mariachis and the movie “Coco,” said Hayde Gonzalez Cejas, president of MASA at A&M-San Antonio. The movie is sponsored by Student Life Organization Director Emily Banda.

It brings together MASA since everyone comes from very diverse backgrounds,” Cejas said. “We appreciate our culture that we don’t get to see around the U.S. and not just Texas or San Antonio. It brings us together and that is something very important to me.”

A special guest from Nuestra Gente will speak about the importance of Dia de los Muertos. Founded by Bernadette Pena, Nuestra Gente is “a visual representation of storytelling from one generation to the next,” according to the website of Miella Media, which founded Nuestra Gente: A Tribute to Hispanic Innovators and Dreamers. Nuestra Gente is a series of photographs in which children portray cultural icons in the Hispanic community. The exhibit is displayed at A&M-San Antonio in Classroom Hall first floor.

Members of MASA began setting up the altar Oct. 30 in the lobby of CAB

The altar is displayed for three days with pictures, statues, skulls and a Virgin Mary to symbolize the departed.

Cejas says the altar is open to anyone who would like to place an item for their loved ones. MASA will be placing an informational sticker on the back of the items so that they are aware of who it belongs to.

We are really excited, and I know this is a big event for MASA and me and my team, the officers are just working really hard, we always talk about it in the officer meetings we have, and I really want it to go well,” said Cejas.

Anyone interested in joining can reach out to Cejas at or visit the Student Life Office Room 104F in CAB A&M-San Antonio.

To RSVP, visit the event’s JagSync page:

For more information, message MASA through Instagram @masa.tamusa or Facebook: Mexican American Student Association at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. Students can also call 210-876-4848.

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Dominique Villanueva
Dominique Villanueva is a communications senior at Texas A&M University-San Antonio minoring in Business Administration. In addition to being a full-time student, she also works with A&M-San Antonio. She loves to take spontaneous vacations with her husband and son. She has always had a passion for creativity and recently photography too. Upon graduating, she hopes to pursue a career in marketing or public relations in any type of business with a creative strategy.

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