The popular sayings say that “life is a journey”, but in Mexico death is also a journey, proof of this is the Celebration of the Dead 2018 that began this weekend with the Day of the Dead Parade. Organized by the government of Mexico City and the Ministry of Tourism (Sectur), the celebration has focused on migration Cayman Islands Phone Number List, both of foreigners who arrive in Mexico, as well as compatriots who leave the national territory to seek the ” American dream”.
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The image of the commemoration is a skull that takes up elements of the Day of the Dead offering, where pre-Hispanic rites and Catholic festivals merge to give rise to the celebration.
Some elements that make it up are the marigold flower, bread of the dead, candles, papel picado, xoloitzcuintles (guide of the souls to Mictlán), tule mats (used in different locations to cover the seven levels of the offering), glasses of mud (where copal is burned), as well as monarch butterflies and hummingbirds to symbolize migration.
If you did not have the opportunity to be in any of the activities this year in the capital of the country, we share a summary of what happened this weekend:
The Day of the Dead parade
At 4:00 p.m. this Saturday, the capital authorities inaugurated the 2018 celebration and from the Estela de Luz, the participants of the parade crossed the Paseo de la Reforma avenue to the Fuente de la República and turned into Avenida Juárez, to continue along Avenida 5 de Mayo until reaching the Plaza de la Constitución.
Floats, push-ups, inflatables, mojigangas, puppets and giant catrinas evoked in a kilometer in length the different migratory stages of Mexico City — stage producers, 1,200 volunteers and 100 volunteers from Catrina Fest participated in the celebration.
The Great Offering of the capital’s Zócalo was inaugurated as the tribute that Mexico City pays to migrants who have lost their lives in their search for better opportunities. The contemporary installation of four triumphal arches, nine paths, six catrinas, a “Funerary Tomb” and an “Altar of the Dead”, is the result of the dual design of the artist Humberto Spíndola and the anthropologist Gisela Mendoza Jiménez, and will have as an organic element the musical setting carried out by the arranger and composer Ricardo Martín Jáuregui.
On the one hand, Spíndola — recognized for incorporating into his art the techniques traditionally used in paper craft works — designed the pyramidal “Altar of the Dead” (axis mundi), a central piece of the montage that will serve as a stage for groups that will perform day with day, at ground level, various musical genres representative of the migrant communities that have arrived in CDMX.
The author with international projection also elaborated the “Funerary Tumulus”, a double-view piece (Catedral and Avenida 20 de Noviembre) that redefines an almost extinct tradition, but which is the direct antecedent of contemporary Mexican altars and offerings.
In reference to the four regions into which the cosmos was divided according to the Mesoamerican worldview, the “Arches of Triumph. Four directions of the world ”by the artist will be oriented to the four cardinal points of the Plaza de la Constitución and each one will have a corresponding color: North (black or yellow / region of the dead); South (blue / Tlalocan region. Paraíso de Tláloc); East (red / where the sun rises. Place of the warriors who accompany the star from its sunrise to noon) and Poniente (white / place of the women who died in childbirth, cihuateos, who accompany the sun on its nocturnal journey) .
On the other hand, the anthropologist Gisela Mendoza Jiménez developed the idea of the “Nine Trails”, testing paths that the soul must overcome to reach Mictlán, transferred to the heart of the Historic Center with flower rugs from the Tlaxcala and Puebla tradition; Six catrinas will travel the trails and protective figures for migrant travelers such as tepezcuintles, boats and “sancristóbales” will be included.
The Day of the Dead Parade is a staging of the commemoration of the Mexican tradition, through the artistic expression of more than 3,000 volunteers. As an innovation in the development of tourism products Phone Number List, it allows us to diversify the offer of the item in the country, in addition to reinforcing our customs and traditions, cultural traits that distinguish us.
In its third edition, the parade counted for the first time with the participation of four invited federative entities: Aguascalientes, Michoacán, Oaxaca and San Luis Potosí, in addition there will be television transmission by various and important groups.
In 2017, more than a million people, Mexicans and foreigners, joined in the celebration of this ancient tradition. Among the important results in tourism that have been generated in the short term of three years, the following stand out from the previous edition:
An occupation of around 164,250 tourists staying in hotels in the CDMX, of which 132,135 are nationals and 32,115 foreigners.
The economic benefit from tourists staying in hotels was estimated at 963 million pesos, which is equivalent to 52.1 million dollars.
In terms of communication, around the world and in Mexico 25 thousand 586 articles related to the great Day of the Dead Parade were generated, equivalent in dollars to 442.8 million.