Celebrating Mexico's Days of the Dead
Friday, October 30, 6 - 7pm
Included with Admission
In Mexico, death is seen as part of life. On All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days, celebrated on 1 and 2 November, Mexicans honour the departed in homes and cemeteries with lavish offerings of flowers, incense, candles, food and drink. This is not a sombre occasion, but a time of feasting and reunion. Festivities are a focus for elaborate arts and crafts. Market stalls sell colourful sugar skulls, ingenious toys shaped like skulls and skeletons, and hand-cut paper banners with the delicacy of lace. Clay and papier mâché are used to caricature the activities of everyday life: bridal couples, revolutionaries and fire-eaters are shown in the guise of skeletons. Death is portrayed with respect, but also with affection and humour.