Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de los Muertos) is a festival observed throughout Mexico and other cultures and countries around the world. The festival provides people with the opportunity to rejoice in the living memories of their loved ones. Although this Mesoamerican festival has been amalgamated with Catholic theology, it still maintains the basic principles of the Aztec traditions, such as the use of skulls (calaveras).
In this year’s edition of the festival we will explore the theme of Legacy as a continuum from the past, where the ancient rituals of pre-Hispanic civilizations have merged with new beliefs, rituals, and practices, and have transformed this festival into a unique twenty first century celebration. Just like the old Aztec Goddess Mictecacihuatl (Queen of the Underworld, or Lady of the Dead), has found a new identity as the modern "Catrina" (the lanky, skeletal female figure bedecked in sumptuous clothing and giant ornate hats). The festival will be a celebration of the life of people, their memories, their achievements, their influences; a celebration of their Legacy.
Umair Jaffar, Lead Artistic Associate