HONOUR YOUR DEAD, CELEBRATE LIFE
Mexican Day of the Dead is an annual tradition spanning back hundreds of years to pre-colonial times. It is a celebration where Mexicans honour their dead in colourful and festive ways.
We will start the day with our traditional altar, as usual you are invited to bring mementos for your dead (photos, food, flowers, cards, etc). Remember everyone that was important in your life counts, that means pets are included too!
Along with our Altar, group Cen Joatl Mexihka Medicine UK will lay their extraordinary ofrenda, typical from Central Mexico, and they’ll conduct individual limpias thoughout the day.
We will have Angry Sam holding the ‘calaveras’ contest. Calaveras are satirical poems poking fun at people in a way that suggests they’re dead, even though they’re alive. Favourite targets are politicians or people in the public eye. But can also refer to friends and family. They can be written in English or Spanish; the winner will be announced later at Hackney City Farm and the prize will be a brunch for two at Caffe In in Hackney Road.
This year is the 102nd anniversary of artist Jose Guadalupe Posada drawing the most famous face for the day of the dead, recognised all over the world; to celebrate this we want to invite the public to dress like La Calavera Catrina, we will run a contest and the winner will get dinner for two at MeZcal Cantina, Dalston announced later at the Hackney City Farm.
No Mexican celebration is complete without food, Rosa’s Kitchen will be selling delicious and authentic Mexican tamales, Day of the Dead bread, which can’t be found anywhere else in the country as we flew a master baker from Mexico City specially for the occasion!
PROGRAMME: SUNDAY 4TH NOVEMBER
10am: We will joined by Cen Joatl Mexihka Medicine UK. They will be performing a traditional Mexican offering ritual. Replicating the customs of San PabloTecalco, Central Mexico. The ritual consists of a circle of flowers, fruit and incense.
2pm: Aztec performance by Atlachinolli Dance UK will show off their spectacular feathered costumes, presenting their take on traditional Mexica dances and rituals.
11am to 3pm: Olimpia Tissier, will be leading workshops for children and families decorating skulls.
4pm to 5pm: A procession of Catrinas, skeletons, musicians and public will take the music and offerings to Hackney City Farm to finish the celebrations.
5pm to 8pm: Our altar can be still visited and public is welcomed to bring more mementos.
6pm to 7pm: Hackney City Farm choir will join us to remember the fallen of the wars and seamen.
Craft stalls and facepainting available throughout the day.
Organized by Mexico Lindo y Querido in collaboration with Hackney City Farm