Monday, 12 October 2009

Day of the Dead (Dia de la Muertos) 31st Oct - 2nd Nov

It's just a few weeks away from the most important festival in the Mexican calendar, el Dia de los Muertos or the Day of the Dead, a time when families come together to celebrate and remember those who have passed away.
The Day of the Dead has been celebrated since Atzec times and nowadays, it's a strange mix of Catholic and indigenous beliefs, and traditions vary from place to place. The festival culminates on 2nd November, the day when deceased adults are honoured (on 1st November, children are remembered). Earlier this year, the BBC broadcast a series called 'Feasts' where Stefan Gates 'immersed' himself into various world cultures and their festivals. If you want an insight into this festival, it's certainly worth watching if it happens to be broadcast again. This year, I'm planning to try out a few traditional recipes although I don't think I'll be making my own sugar skulls! Milagros in East London sells a few appropriately morbid bits and pieces for the home.

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