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DAY OF THE DEAD ALTAR/ALTAR DEL DÍA DE MUERTOS Honoring Mario Moreno "Cantinflas" (1911-1993)

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Starting on Thursday, October 27, 2011, the Mexican Consulate in Brownsville will showcase its traditional Day of the Dead Altar, a quintessentially Mexican tradition and one of our most colorful displays of the year.

The Day of the Dead is the result of the fusion of indigenous and Spanish cultures and is one of the most important traditional holidays, underscoring the deeply held belief in Mexico that death is strongly tied to life as the fundamental duality of human existence.

For many, the offering is the most significant attribute of the commemoration, and is based on the belief that the dead return to enjoy the essence and aroma of gifts of food and drink provided to them by their family members. In this way, the celebration revolves around welcoming and bidding farewell to souls.

In 2003, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) recognized the Day of the Dead as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, due to the fact that the celebration is one of the most relevant representations of living heritage in Mexico and the world, as well as one of the oldest and most widely practiced cultural expressions.

Come enjoy the altar and celebrate one of Mexico’s most unique holidays!

Free Admission

Visit the Altar through November 18, 2011

Consulate of Mexico

301 Mexico Boulevard

Brownsville, Texas 78520

ITEC Center/Antiguo Amigoland Mall

 

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