Mexican Embassy shines light on Day of the Dead celebrations

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The Mexican Embassy on Tuesday shared the significance of Day of the Dead celebrations with school aged children.

Anaeli Victorica explaining the significance of items on an alter set up for Day of the Dead to students from the St Roses Secondary School.

Day of the Dead is celebrated every November 2, after All Saints Day. The Embassy’s Head of Development Cooperation Anaeli Victorica in explaining the celebration outlined that the purpose of doing so was “to make our traditions known to the Guyanese people because we’re trying to make a bond to strengthen the relationship.”

‘Day of the Dead’ (Dia de los Muertos) originated in Mexico. It is a combination of Native American and Spanish Christian traditions, Victorica explained, “We celebrate the visiting of our loved ones that are deceased coming back to earth for one night”.

Mexican Ambassador Ivan Robero Sierra Medel and staff dressed as La Catrina (the friendly image of Death in Mexico commonly seen during celebration of Day of the Dead)

The Embassy official said the occasion will also be used to remember the lives that were lost during the September earthquake that devastated Mexico and those that were lost as a result of the recent hurricanes in the Caribbean.

Victorica clarified that the Day of the Dead must not be confused with Halloween. “Halloween is celebrated on October 31 and its more about ghosts and monsters and other pagan traditions, and this is more related to Christian values”, she explained.

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