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Nov 3, 2014

Mexican Institute Hosts ‘Day of the Dead’

Dia de los Muertos is a truly Mexican tradition that has spread to other countries; the event was celebrated today at the Mexican Institute.  Day of the Dead, as it translates to, is a special and ancient ritual in which family and friends lovingly remember their departed relatives. On this occasion, the Institute is hosting an exhibition featuring the work of many Mexican personalities who passed away in the past twelve months. They have also extended it to include our very own icon, Paul Nabor, who was laid to rest on Saturday in Punta Gorda. The Altar of the Dead is a major part of the celebration, so our Mexican friends broke bread, shared hot chocolate and aired a short film on the significance of the Day of the Dead. Press Officer, Marcelino Mirando, spoke to News Five about the celebration.

 

Marcelino Miranda, Press Officer, Mexican Embassy

Marcelino Miranda

“The Mexican Embassy is very pleased to present the celebration of “The Day of the Dead” in this occasion at the Institute of Mexico we are displaying an exhibition, in which we are including an “Alter of the Dead.” This altar have different elements, mainly it’s the heritage from the pre-Columbian culture mixed or synchronized with the Catholic beliefs and the Catholic Religion. This is an ancient heritage in Mexico and it is celebrated all around Mexico and in 2008 the UNESCO included it in the intangible world heritage list, because this tradition has been celebrated in Mexico for thousands of years. Also in this exhibition we are included a photo exhibition and we are also celebrating the work of many personalities of arts and cultures who have died in the last year. We are also sharing with the public something that is very traditional which we call the “Bread of the Dead” or “Pan de Muerto” with hot chocolate. We are very pleased with that and as people will see the tradition considers life and death as part of the same world. That’s the reason Mexicans celebrate in a way that they are mourning the dead but at the same time they are celebrating because once a year they visit this world. You will see all these features with joy, music, food and in a way Mexicans are treating the dead ones. The altar is not only dedicated to Mexican artists but also to Paul Nabor who died recently and this is a way in which the Mexican embassy is expressing condolences to the Belizean people.”

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