Taco Tuesday and Día De Los Muertos

Sarah SheltonFeatures Editor 

Día De Los Muertos, known as the day of the dead, was celebrated by Programs Council, ProCon, by coloring sugar skulls and eating tacos. 

On Tuesday, Nov. 9, ProCon held Taco Tuesday and nighttime programmer Katie Kost said they decided to include coloring in celebration of Día De Los Muertos. 

This holiday may have passed, but it is never too late to celebrate the living and the dead. According to a national geographic article, “Whereas Halloween is a dark night of terror and mischief, Day of the Dead festivities unfold over two days in an explosion of color and life-affirming joy. Sure, the theme is death, but the point is to demonstrate love and respect for deceased family members.” 

“We had some drinks and stuff leftover in our office, which we used, and then I got drinks from Stop & Shop. We catered from Tomatillos, which is downtown, a Mexican place, and then me and my other programmers all just set it up here [in Farnham Programming Space] together,” Kost said. 

“I got the chips and salsa, really good,” English secondary education major Tayler Cowles, a senior, said. “The red salsa, the hot one, was so hot though I literally feel it cleaning up my sinuses. Burnt my tongue, but worth it because I really love spicy things.” 

Cowles points out this is the first time she has ever had “food considered spicy that was actually spicy” at a ProCon event. She also said she enjoyed all the different options they had, especially for people who are restricted from eating certain things. 

“I also got a taco, but I did like a vegetarian version of it, so it was nice that there was an option where I could actually eat something, because usually when I go to events I can’t eat anything because there is not a vegetarian option. I could actually eat something here,” Cowles said. 

Cowles said she had never heard of Tomatillo, but she said it gives her “food truck vibes.” Because of this, she said she might go and check it out one day. 

Another student, psychology major Hannah Smith, a junior, also has never been to Tomatillo, but said she enjoyed the food that was from there. 

“I got tacos,” Smith said. “I got beef, lettuce, cheese, and pico de gallo. It was really good, I’d do it again.” 

Smith also spent some time at the event coloring a paper sugar skull with her friend for the holiday. 

“The coloring was nice and relaxing,” Smith said.  

Communications major Chris Rosales, a senior, said he does not go out to too many events anymore since he has become a commuter, but decided to join his friends for this ProCon event. He also came to support his friend Matt, as it is his last semester as a programmer. 

“It was really good, I’m glad I came,” Rosales said. “I have never been [to Tomatillo,] but maybe I’ll go eventually.”  

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