Sunday, November 10, 2019

Harbourfront's Dia de los Muertos 2019

Live Catrinas representing skeletons wandered Harbourfront Centre during the 16th anniversary of Day of the Dead celebrations as people remember lost friends and family members. The traditions of the Mexican holiday have spread throughout the world with calaveras, or skull makeup, fancy dress, dancing and brightly coloured decorations on display. You can enjoy the free, family friendly cultural festival at Harbourfront Saturday, November 9 (11am-8pm) and Sunday, November 10 (11am-7pm).

From Harbourfront's website; "El Día de los Muertos (The Day of the Dead) is a celebration of death and life, of community, family, work, tradition and ritual. Its origins can be traced back at least 3,000 years and combine indigenous rituals with Catholicism (brought to the region by Spanish conquistadores). It is a time for families and friends to celebrate and commemorate loved ones who have passed. The celebration continues to be observed as one of the most important traditions in Mexico, and rather than being filled with mourning and sorrow, Day of the Dead is a commemoration of the life of people, their memories, their achievements, and their impact on the coming generations."
The dead walk among us, taking part in everyday activities

The ramps at the entrance are decorated with paper marigold flowers and inside you can see an eulogy for the coffin factory, a Mexican marketplace, paint a sugar skull, see movies like 'Coco' and enjoy the art installations depicting altars running along the hallway.
'The sand that sweeps the soul that stands' by Erick Garcia Gomez

See more of the festivities after the jump.

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