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Day of the Dead at Loughborough Museum

The final 2019 event in a series organised for the Virtual School by the Museums and Heritage Service took place on Saturday 2nd November at Loughborough Museum.

The Day of the Dead (known as Día de Muertos in Spanish) is celebrated in Mexico between October 31st and November 2nd. On this holiday, Mexicans remember and honour their deceased loved ones, visiting cemeteries, decorating the graves with colourful, vibrant pictures and props of skulls and skeletons, spending time in the presence of their deceased friends and family members.

The three-day festival is a popular celebration of life and death originating in Mexico but celebrated all over Latin America. The traditional belief is that during this festival, the gates of heaven open for families and ancestors to be reunited once more for 24 hours. Over the years this celebration has become a global phenomenon, inspiring movies such as ‘The Book of Life’ (2014) and ‘Coco’ (2017) a Disney movie.

Foster carers and children took the opportunity to find out more and get arty in the process. The art work produced by those attending was fantastic, well done and thank you to all who went!

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