London celebrates Mexico’s Day of the Dead Festival

On November 6, 2012 by MexicoToday

London’s celebrated underground art venue, the Old Vic Tunnels, was positively abuzz from 31st October to 3rd November.

The sights, sounds and flavours of a great Mexican cultural tradition, Día de los Muertos, were on display at the London Day of the Dead festival, presented by Wahaca and the Embassy of Mexico in theUK.

Mexico City-based guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela performed each night of the festival. Additionally, the festival featured a photography exhibit from acclaimed Mexican photographer Graciela Iturbide and a light installation from artist Tupac Martir.

The Day of the Dead is a holiday celebrated throughout the various regions ofMexico. Although the holiday is associated with the deceased – as has a rather morbid name – the holiday is a celebration of loved ones rather than a period of mourning. Families throughoutMexicobuild special altars for the deceased that includes elements symbolising earth, wind, water and fire. Altars can include photographs of the deceased, marigold flowers, skeletons, candles and food offerings.

The Day of the Dead celebrations were very well attended, according to festival organisers.

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