Day of the Dead in Sheffield

A part of the altar with offerings of tomatoes, dried chillies and ‘pan de muertos’.

Day of the Dead or Día de Muertos, in Spanish is a celebration of life that focuses on gatherings of family and friends in remembrance of those who have passed away.

Among the traditions includes an altar which is built honouring the deceased with sugar skulls, marigolds and handcrafts, as well as photos, memorabilia, and the favourite food and beverages of the departed.

Organiser and friend of Grow Sheffield, Elizabeth Uruchurtu who originates from Mexico, said: “The Day of the Dead is beyond any doubt one of the most deeply rooted traditions in Mexico and some countries in Central America. This is a unique celebration that expresses much of our idiosyncrasy: it is the time when the spirits of our beloved ones that have passed away return to be near their families and friends, to “hear” their favourite music, to “eat” their favourite food and to celebrate the continuation of life. It is a colourful season with flowers, sugar skulls, bread, candles, incense and is a great way of remembering and honouring those that have departed; it is a celebration of life!”

The Display of the Altar celebration will take place in the Sheffield Hallam University Cantor Building, Furnival Street Sheffield S1 2NU, from October 31 at 12noon to November 3 at 3pm.

Alongside the Altar, a series of activities will be held including
talks, storytelling, video documentaries and workshops.

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