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Nov 1, 2012

Dia de los Muertos; Mexicans celebrate Day of the Dead

Today, November first, is recognized in several countries around the world as El Dia de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead.  The day focuses on the gathering of family and friends to remember loved ones who passed away. It is a huge traditional celebration across the border in Mexico and our friends at the Mexican Institute are celebrating the day with a display of various altars created by schools within Belize. The institute on Newtown Barracks will be transformed into a cemetery for the day. An art exhibit by Mexican artist, Mari-Carmen Vasquez, will also be launched to showcase her paintings inspired by the day of the dead. Marcelino Miranda of the Mexican Embassy told us more.

 

Marcelino Miranda, Mexican Press Officer

Marcelino Miranda

“There are different activities that are going to be included in this event. One of them is that the Institute of Mexico is going to become a complete, full representation or reproduction of a Mexican cemetery. We are going to have the most representative elements of this celebration in Mexico and I would like to underline that this is not a religious ceremony or religious ritual; it is actually a cultural presentation. It is a cultural heritage that comes from the indigenous people from prehistoric times and the religious traditions from Europe. This tradition was born in ancient pre-Hispanic cultures of Central Mexico and it is believed that death and life are part of the same thing and everything that dead people and is death is part of life. It commemorates the annual visit of those friends and family members who have passed away and they come once a year to visit the people who are alive. And for that you have to prepare and welcome them. And this is why people receive those visits with joy and with celebration; with happiness and with a party because you are very happy of receiving those and to spend time with them once a year. The Mexican tradition includes lots of elements but the most important is the traditional flowers, candles, food that people prepare and cook at home to receive the visit of the dead ones and music and dance. That is why when people go to the cemetery, they throw a party at the cemetery because you are happy of receiving the dead ones and also at the home you set up a special altar of the dead.”

 

The exhibit will be officially launched at seven on Friday night at the Mexican Institute.

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7 Responses for “Dia de los Muertos; Mexicans celebrate Day of the Dead”

  1. Reality says:

    Ecclesiastes 9:5
    For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten.
    Psalm 88:10, 11
    Will you show wonders to the dead? shall the dead arise and praise you?
    Need I say more?

  2. Reality says:

    This is one of the reasons why our country is heading down the wrong path, why we are in the proverbial “dog house.” We have lost our way and forgotten about God, forgotten who has brought us this far and gave us this Jewel. We have neglected to teach our children the way that is right. The consequences are great and this is just the beginning of the end if we do not turn our hearts back to god.

    2 Chronicles 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

  3. Steel says:

    Another trick of the devil. Not bashing any1′s culture but this “tradition” is pure satanic!! Its not ur ancestors that come to visit you, its demons! Open your eyes belizeans and stop living a lie an teaching your children bullsh**. You are giving them to the devil rather that bringing them closer to God!!

  4. brightman says:

    Reality and Steel…believing in a God that came from nowhere, knows everything, can do everything, but yet permits suffering and pain, and in ALL of the cosmos, is keeping track of whether we slip up or not ready to send us to Hell, is your belief, right? If you want people to believe that there is an ‘evil’ being in the spiritual world (Satan as you have called him) that no one can see tempting you and causing you to remain simpletons, then you should also respect the beliefs of others–this self-righteousness and presumption that your own beliefs are true, is the true danger to civilization!

  5. Steel says:

    Brightman, you are not that bright.. infact, ints cowards like yourself having no supreme being to believe in causes one to fall into the devil’s trap and become a major pestilence to this country!

  6. Reality says:

    @brightman huh? 2 Corinthians 11:14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Seems ur name has a purpose. Turns out u r really not that bright to think that something can come back to life after it is dead. I wonder if there are ghosts of trees and animals and every single thing that has ever died roaming around. Their world must be over populated. Beside that. God is not ready to send anyone to hell. its us who choose that path, us who have the freedom of choice. if u choose to follow ur idiotic beliefs about a big bang (something from nothing) then do so. But don’t knock those who believe in God. never, did i ever say anything about anyone’s belief being wrong. I’m sorry but u have let ur gung ho mouth show that no bullets are in ur chamber. Wise up!

  7. brightman says:

    Impressive how you fall by your own folly…spoken like true Christians!! Bravo!

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