Hartwick Students Honor Loved Ones With Ofrenda
For Rebeka Alva '26, pets, friends and family members may be gone, but they are not forgotten.
Working with the Latinos Unidos Association, where she serves as president, and Samantha Lara, associate director of diversity, inclusion and belonging, Alva, a nursing major, set up an ofrenda – or altar – in Yager Hall, filling it with framed photos of departed loved ones, and candles, marigolds, personal objects and favorite foods to celebrate Día de los Muertos, Mexico’s Day of the Dead.
“The ofrenda invites spirits to come and visit by laying out the things they loved when they were alive.”
Rebeka Alva '26