The Embassy of Mexico cordially invites the public to the traditional celebration of the DAY OF THE DEAD, on Friday, November 2nd, at the Institute of Mexico in Belize City.

This Mexican tradition combines the beliefs of ancient cultures with those of the Catholic religion.

Mexico has always had its own approach to the concept of death. On the Day of the Dead, the souls of the ancestors are invited to join in festivities including food and dancing. Candy skulls are given to loved ones and funny poems about death are shared.

The indigenous festivity dedicated of the dead was inscribed by UNESCO in 2008, on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

The celebration of the Day of the Dead, organized by the Mexican Embassy will include:

A painting exhibition by María del Carmen Vázquez-Poot, and

An “Altar of the Dead” contest between Belizean schools.

The Embassy also will share “tamales” and “Pan de Muerto” for those attending the celebration to be held at the Institute of Mexico in Belize City, on Friday, November 2nd, at 7:00 pm. Entrance is free and open to the general public. White attire suggested.

The exhibition will open also on Saturday, 3rd November.

Schools are invited to organize school trips on Thursday, November 1st and Friday, November 2nd. For more information call the Mexican Embassy at 223-1408 or write to [email protected]

The Institute of Mexico is located at the corner of Newtown Barracks and Wilson Street.