• Hand painted skulls adorning the altar for the Day of the Dead

    Hand painted skulls adorning the altar for the Day of the Dead

  • Day of the Dead altar at the Embassy of Mexico created by artist Joaquin Garcia Quintana

    Day of the Dead altar at the Embassy of Mexico created by artist Joaquin Garcia Quintana

  • La Catrina and Ambassador of Colombia Clemencia Forero-Ucros

    La Catrina and Ambassador of Colombia Clemencia Forero-Ucros

  • La Catrina and Ambassador of Venezuela Nelson Davila

    La Catrina and Ambassador of Venezuela Nelson Davila

  • The  mural in progress.....

    The mural in progress.....

  • A dance with the dead for Ambassador of Argentina Pedro Villagra Delgado

    A dance with the dead for Ambassador of Argentina Pedro Villagra Delgado

  • Diane Castellanos and Katina Castellanos

    Diane Castellanos and Katina Castellanos

  • Mexican artist Joaquin Garcia Quintana in front of his mural for the Day of the Dead

    Mexican artist Joaquin Garcia Quintana in front of his mural for the Day of the Dead

  • Gladys Tenorio and her husband Ambassador of Mexico Armando Alvarez and La Catrina.

    Gladys Tenorio and her husband Ambassador of Mexico Armando Alvarez and La Catrina.

  • Irene and Graham Durant

    Irene and Graham Durant

  • Pan de Muertos

    Pan de Muertos

  • La Catrina

    La Catrina

  • La Catrina

    La Catrina

  • La Catrina.....

    La Catrina.....

  • The effervescent wife of the Mexican Ambassador wearing her marigold Gladys Tenorio

    The effervescent wife of the Mexican Ambassador wearing her marigold Gladys Tenorio

  • Elias Lopez and Natalie Ross-Lapointe

    Elias Lopez and Natalie Ross-Lapointe

  • Matthew Simpson and Vicroia Bedoya

    Matthew Simpson and Vicroia Bedoya

  • Esteban Melgarejo and Patricia Triay with Daniel Gasparri-Rey amd Luz Tuledo

    Esteban Melgarejo and Patricia Triay with Daniel Gasparri-Rey amd Luz Tuledo

  • Krister Partel, Michael Googan and Chief of Protocol Chris Cannan

    Krister Partel, Michael Googan and Chief of Protocol Chris Cannan

  • Ambassador of Cuba Jose Montano

    Ambassador of Cuba Jose Montano

  • Lucy Buttenshaw and Martin Lane

    Lucy Buttenshaw and Martin Lane

  • Paula Watt and her daughter Alice Watt

    Paula Watt and her daughter Alice Watt

  • Yusen Ley and Esau Garza

    Yusen Ley and Esau Garza

  • Fredrick Arul and Audrey Fernandez and Pedro Villagra Delgado

    Fredrick Arul and Audrey Fernandez and Pedro Villagra Delgado

  • Margarita back-up stock for the party.

    Margarita back-up stock for the party.

  • Sandra and Mark Carmody

    Sandra and Mark Carmody

  • Delia and Tomas Pinto ans their son Ivan Pinto.

    Delia and Tomas Pinto ans their son Ivan Pinto.

  • Vanessa Sandi, Areli Rodriguez and Lilliam Castellon

    Vanessa Sandi, Areli Rodriguez and Lilliam Castellon

Day of the Dead @ Embassy of Mexico

2 November 2015

Mexico’s Day of the Dead is not in the least bit ghoulish nor does it honour death, it is a day that combines the ancient indigenous beliefs with today’s Catholic Christian ones to honour the deceased. And while it’s hot on the heels of Halloween, the Day of the Dead is about love not fear. It’s not scary, isn’t a cult and the magnificent altars created in villages and towns in Mexico are for offerings for relatives with their favourite food and drinks and decorations.

The Embassy of Mexico for their Day of the Dead celebrations had an altar of bright colours, marigolds, paper flowers, skulls of distinctive luminosity, and a couple of salt shapes for Australia with a kangaroo and a dog. Well I think it was a dog. The creator was Mexican artist Joaquin Garcia Quintana, who also created a white mural on the glass doors of the consular offices of the embassy which he described as a collection of ephemera, while the most famous skeleton of this day ‘La Catrina’ in her splendid hat and bejeweled outfit regaled the gathered audience with her beliefs and utterings.

We drank margaritas, ate Mexican food and finished with hot chocolate and Pan De Muertos. This tradition is one to adopt