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Mexico brings Day of the Dead to Colombia

Bogotá, Oct 29 (EFE).- Mexico brought its Day of the Dead to Colombia on Friday with the installation of a colorful altar and audiovisual experience at the National Museum of Bogotá.

“For the Mexican people it is a very important tradition that dates back to pre-Hispanic times. Since then, our ancestors remember their relatives who passed away and placed food, flowers, bread [out] for them (…) There was the idea that they would return over these days to live with their relatives who were still alive,” Gloria Esperón, cultural attaché of the Embassy of Mexico, told Efe.

She explained that this time is “a continuation of life through the memory of the people we love.”

The Day of the Dead is one of the most important dates in Mexico and is internationally recognized. From Oct. 30 to Nov. 2, many towns in the country are transformed with the traditional marigold flowers that will guide the deceased to the offerings that their family have prepared at home.

The altar of the National Museum, which is representative of the rural areas of Mexico, was made up of food, Catrinas and other traditional elements such as floral offerings, as well as videos of important people.

“The Mexican historian Alfredo López Austin (1936-2021) stands out, and the names and memory of officials of the Ministry of Culture and the museums subsector in Colombia who have died in 2020 or 2021 have been considered, along with recognized people from the arts, literature, music and academic research in Colombia,” the museum detailed in a statement about the people to whom the altar pays tribute. EFE


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