COLUMBUS, Miss. – The community and campus will join together for the seventh annual Día de Muertos gallery exhibit as part of the recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month at Mississippi University for Women Galleries in Summer Hall.

The Day of the Dead is traditionally one of the most important holidays in Mexico. The majority of the festivities take place between the evenings of Oct. 31 and Nov. 2. 

Traditional items like skulls, skeletons, candles, and tiny sculptures make up the Dia de Muertos collection that will be on display from Oct. 18 until Monday, Nov. 4.

Students have an opportunity to participate in a costume contest on Oct. 20. Participants can register at 5:00 p.m. in front of Summer Hall. The contest will begin at 5:30 p.m. A rain date is set for Oct. 27 at the same time.

Dr. Beverly Joyce, director of the MUW Galleries, invites the community to visit the gallery and listen to the presentation, “As an educator, the most important aspect of this project is to promote learning outside of the classroom. By learning about a significant tradition from another culture, we learn something about that culture’s values. This may help us to develop interest in and empathy for people of different nationalities. This is especially important in our global society.”

The Mississippi University for Women Galleries, located on the first floor of Summer Hall, are open Monday through Wednesday and Friday, from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., with extended hours on Thursday from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m., following the university calendar. The Galleries and the gallery talks are free and open to the public.