Day of the Dead monumental altar in Mexico City

Day of the Dead altar in Mexico City
English 22/10/2019 18:50 EL UNIVERSAL in English/Miranda Perea Mexico City Actualizada 01:23
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The Monumental altar will be on display from November 1 to 11

It was declared as Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO

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Day of the Dead altar in Mexico City

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

EL UNIVERSAL in English/Miranda Perea

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Day of the Dead altar in Mexico City

The Day of the Dead Offering was a celebration of life for the Aztec civilization

EL UNIVERSAL in English/Miranda Perea

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Day of the Dead altar in Mexico City

For them, the place where the dead went depended on how they had died

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Day of the Dead altar in Mexico City

Each element in the “ofrenda” has a special meaning to contribute to the outward and return journey for the dead

EL UNIVERSAL in English/Miranda Perea

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Day of the Dead altar in Mexico City

The dead return to the world of the living to be, once again, with their loved ones

EL UNIVERSAL in English/Miranda Perea

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Day of the Dead altar in Mexico City

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

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Day of the Dead altar in Mexico City

The monumental altar will be inaugurated on November 1

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Day of the Dead altar in Mexico City

It will be on display until November 11

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Day of the Dead altar in Mexico City

There will be a special artistic and cultural schedule that will show Mexico City’s great diversity

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Day of the Dead altar in Mexico City

The project “Altar of altars,” by Vladimir Maislin Topete was selected for this year’s celebrations

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Day of the Dead altar in Mexico City

The installation wants to shows the diverse traditions surrounding Day of the Dead in all the country

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Day of the Dead altar in Mexico City

"Altar of altars" is a whole journey around Mexico concentrated at Zócalo

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Day of the Dead altar in Mexico City

The altar has four cardinal points with beautiful "ofrendas" from different regions of the country

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Day of the Dead altar in Mexico City

“Altar of altars” displays regional handcrafts, “papel picado,” hand-painted rugs, audio and lighting with mobile mechanisms

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Day of the Dead altar in Mexico City

The structure is made from recycled wood

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Day of the Dead altar in Mexico City

Más Información

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.

Learn more about Mexico City's celebrations for Day of the Dead 2019.
 

The Day of the Dead Offering was a celebration of life for the Aztec civilization. For them, the place where the dead went depended on how they had died: Tlaloca (the God of Rain’s paradise) for those who drowned; Omeyocan (the Sun’s paradise) for those who died in combat or women who died giving birth; Chichihuacuauco for children, and Mictlán for those who had a natural death.

Each element in the “ofrenda” has a special meaning to contribute to the outward and return journey for the dead who return to the world of the living to be, once again, with their loved ones.
 

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 programming 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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