I confess to a bit of an obsession with all things Mexican. I have visited the country quite a few times and I am captivated by the unique colours, the cuisine and the culture, not to mention the Margaritas. Hence I have loved every minute of Newcastle’s vibrant VAMOS! festival which celebrates all things Latin American and is going from strength to strength. VAMOS! now has its own city centre venue where VAMOS! social things and events can happen all year round.
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The incredible make up turns faces into beautiful Calavera Catrinas (elegant skulls) This custom make up has become a real symbol of the Day of the Dead celebrations, and originates from a 1913 etching by a famous Mexican printmaker La Calavera Catrina (‘Dapper Skeleton’, ‘Elegant Skull’) which has become an icon of this celebration.
The Day of the Dead – Dia de los Muertos – originated centuries ago in Mexico, where it is still widely celebrated to this day. The holiday is a blend of pre-Hispanic indigenous beliefs and Spanish Catholic beliefs.
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Day of the Dead has also taken hold in areas with a high Mexican immigrant population, particularly in California, Texas, Arizona and other parts of the United States. Dia de los Muertos allows the dead to live again. During this time it is believed that the deceased return to their earthly homes to visit and rejoice with their loved ones. A huge Day of the Dead celebration also features in the opening scenes of the James Bond film Spectre .
The Day of the ia a much older ceremony than Halloween which seems to have taken over now, especially in America, but I think it is a lot cooler altogether!
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