Mexico’s ‘Day of the Dead’ is fast becoming recognised around the globe with its trademark style and a history dating back hundreds of years. Remembering family members from previous generations, the ‘Día de los Muertos’ is still celebrated by Mexicans who make annual offerings including food and drinks in memory of their ancestors.
The spirit of the celebrations lives on across the world with the traditional day now being celebrated from the end of October to the beginning of November. In the UK there will be a number of ‘Day of the Dead’ events taking place and one which caught my eye, particularly because it is helping people in the country who have been affected by the recent earthquakes in the country, is the family day being staged by Mexican restaurant Wahaca which is bringing together a number of activities which mark the special day in the country’s calendar.
Being held on Saturday 4th November at London Waterloo’s The Vaults from 1pm-4pm there will be storytelling, performances and hands-on workshops for families exploring the traditions and the origins of the Day of the Dead.
As a bit of extra fun for little ones there are also performances by family rave group Big Fish Little Fish on the main stage, a procession lead by the Voodoo Love Orchestra and a screening of the Golden Globe nominated animation ‘Book Of Life’.
Across the UK there are also special celebrations being held at Wahaca restaurants, which will all be decked out in traditional Mexican themed decorations, along with a special feasting menu which will feature some of their iconic dishes served feasting style which can be enjoyed by the whole table.
The celebrations will run at all the Wahaca restaurants across the UK from the 30th of October to the 5th of November and all the profits from their festival and their fundraising in their restaurants will go to the charities supporting those affected by the earthquakes in Mexico.
You can find out more about the Day of the Dead events at Wahaca at their special website page.