Day of the Dead in Bristol

Día de Muertos or Day of the Dead is one of the biggest and most spectacular celebrations in Mexico.  During the two first days of November millions of Mexican families adorn streets and houses with colourful ofrendas or offerings. The main idea behind an ofrenda is remembering and honouring the memory of your ancestors. Favourite foods or objects of the deceased relatives and colourful decorations -made of paper and cempoaxochitl flower- are the main components that comprise an ofrenda.

The visual elements used in ofrendas have had a huge impact in Mexican artistic expression, such as paintings, literature and photography. This influence has gone beyond Mexico motivating a group of people in Bristol to create an exhibition. Some members of the group had the chance to see this exhibition guided by Angel, a Ph.D. student in our group.

Ben, Angel, Tom and Carl -from left to right- next to a traditional ofrenda

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About Angel S.

Born in Mexico City, PhD graduated from the University of Bristol and former postdoctoral researcher at Aalto University. Blogging about topics related to knowledge intersections, the social experience embedded in board gaming and cultural shock. All photographs are of my authorship unless indicated. Views are my own.

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