The Day of the Dead

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29.10.-16.11.2014

The Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday celebrated on the 1st of November. This celebration dates back to the time of the Aztec people and has merged with the Christian tradition of All Hallow’s Day. People reminisce their dead loved ones and take flowers and candles to their graves. A special offerings altar is made in honour of the deceased. These altars can be found in both private homes and public spaces, and they are decorated with food, drink, pictures of the deceased, and objects and things they liked.
The offerings altar at the Helinä Rautavaara museum was dedicated to the Mexican writer-poet Octavio Paz. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1990.