Mexico’s Day of the Dead at the British Museum

Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos) is a Mexican holiday 1st to 2nd November which focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died.

Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars called ofrendas, honouring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favourite foods and beverages of the departed, and visiting graves with these as gifts.

The tradition is inscribed in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.

The British Museum joined with the Mexican Embassy and BP to present a wonderful celebration of the tradition, Friday 30 October  to Monday 2 November, with a special British Museum Late to 9.30pm Friday, 30 Oct. Informative, Educational – and very Entertaining!

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Tupac Martir of Satore Studios has created an animation fot the front façade of the Museum

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Original prop from “Spectre”, the new James Bond movie, at the British Museum

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Macabre, stilt-based,  dance by Scarabeus Aerial Theatre.  www.scarabeus.co.uk

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Aztec dance ritual

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Prop from the opening scenes of “Spectre”, the new James Bond movie.

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By Betsabee Romero

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by Betsabee Romero

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Mesoamerican world tree ( mythical tree). Send your messages to the deceased.

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Calaveras (“skull”) make-up.

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An official  ‘selfie’ board. Nice background to your selfie.

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“Ofrenda” – Ritual altar to the deceased.

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Food for the journey. Orange Marigold, an Aztec flower to the dead

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Calaveras – decorated candied skulls made from compressed sugar.

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Probably a representation of the deceased.

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Calaveras – decorated skulls made from compressed sugar.

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Great music from the Mariachi

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A poor picture,  but at least it acknowledges the marvellous Crick-Crack Club and its wonderful “death based” story-telling at the BM. How to mock, cheat – and respect – death. http://www.crickcrackclub.com

There are 120,000,000 Mexicans. It’s the most populace Spanish speaking county in the world. Lots to be learned. 

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Mexico and its 31 States.

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MisoAmerica. Cultural region stretching from central Mexico via Belize to north Costa Rica.  It flourished before the  Spanish colonisation in the 15th / 16th centuries.

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