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Day of the Dead monumental altar in Mexico City
Mexico’s Day of the Dead was declared Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO – Photo: Francisco Balderas/CUARTOSCURO.COM

Day of the Dead monumental altar in Mexico City

22/10/2019
18:50
EL UNIVERSAL in English/Miranda Perea
Mexico City
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The Monumental altar will be on display from November 1 to 11

Celebrated on November 1 and 2, Day of the Dead has become one of Mexico’s best-known traditions in the world because of its cultural relevance and its colorful imagery. It was declared as Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO.

As part of this year’s celebrations, there will be a monumental altar at Mexico City’s main square, best known as Zócalo.

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For ten years now, the “Gran Ofrenda” of the Day of the Dead looks to rescue and promote Mexico’s traditions.

The monumental altar will be inaugurated on November 1 at 13:00 and it will be on display until November 11. There will be a special artistic and cultural schedule that will show Mexico City’s great diversity.

Mexico City’s Culture Ministry informed that the project “Altar of altars,” by Vladimir Maislin Topete was selected for this year’s celebrations.

The installation wants to shows the diverse traditions surrounding Day of the Dead in all the country, a whole journey around Mexico concentrated at Zócalo. The altar will have four cardinal points with beautiful "ofrendas" from different regions of the country. “Altar of altars” will include regional handcrafts, “papel picado,” hand-painted rugs, audio and lighting with mobile mechanisms, and a structure made from recycled wood.
 

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You can also check the Culture Ministry's official Facebook event

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