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Frida Kahlo Clothing Exhibition Opens In Mexico City

Her colourful embroidered skirts, flowery headpieces and lavish jewellery - often inspired by her indigenous Mexican heritage - featured heavily in her work, and helped cement her as an icon in her native country and beyond.

Now, the contents of Kahlo’s wardrobe are the subject of a new show in Casa Azul, Mexico City at her former home that now serves as museum to her memory.

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Spanish and Americans Were Among Attendees to the International Balloon Festival in Guanajuato

This year, the 11th edition of the International Balloon Festival was held on November 16-19 in Leon, Guanajuato. With approximately 200 hot air balloons from 14 countries, this spectacular event was a must-see.  Click here to check out our MexicoToday Flickr photo album

Considered to be Latin America’s largest event of its kind, over 350,000 visitors from theAmericas andEurope came out to see the extraordinary hot air balloons.  From colorful, standard shaped balloons with their sponsors name on it to balloons in the shapes of cartoon characters including Mickey Mouse, Pepé Le Pew, and many others, this year’s festival offered something for everyone.

The festivities began at 7am everyday with the inflating of the balloons.  As everyone gathered around them, trying to guess what they would turn into as they inflated, the guests were eager to see the take-off.  Following the exhibition of the colorful, fun-shaped balloons, everyone was ready to eat, watch the concerts, shop, and enjoy the rest of their day. 

At around 7pm, it was time for the much anticipated part of the day, Magical Nights (or in Spanish “Noches Magicas”).  Considered to be one of the main highlights of the festival, Magical Nights offered a unique orchestration between the balloons being lit and fire shooters with great music.  The festival ended officially at the stroke of midnight every night, allowing everyone to go home with a smile on their face, having witnessed such a unique and special event.

San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas Celebrates Día de los Muertos

Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is an especially important holiday in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas because it is a colorful city that really comes alive for the two-day event.  It all begins on October 31, where the families of the deceased clean the graves and make them look fresh by putting recently dug up dirt piled up with pine needles and chrysanthemum petals.  The final touch to make the graves complete is topping them with planks of wood that represent doors.  The official party begins on November 1.  Families lay out their offerings that they have prepared in the ofrenda and items that are always included are favorite foods, drinks, and any personal effects that belonged to the deceased.  All of the offerings are to make the souls happy for when they arrive from their long journey.

San Cristóbal de las Casas is a great city for tourists because of the monuments, food, and nightlife.  The city offers “iPod tours” where tourists use the GPS system on an iPod and wander around the city and read and listen about the areas.  The GPS component is used to identify where the tourists are located at all times and provide information about their whereabouts.  One of the very popular and unique sites is the MayaMedicineMuseumbecause it has healers on site that cure illnesses. Another popular attraction is the Mayan villages.  It has been said that they best way to see the city is to take one of the day tours.

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Mexico’s Vibrant Day of the Dead Celebrations Come to London

MexicoToday presented the Day of the Dead Festival organized by the Embassy of Mexico in the UK and the Mexican restaurant in London, Wahaca. Mexico’s vibrant Day of the Dead celebrations took place in London as part of a four-day festival (31st October to 3rd November) of music, food, art and film hosted at The Old Vic Tunnels by Waterloo Station.

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San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas Celebrates Día de los Muertos

Día de los Muertos, also known as “Day of the Dead,” is a holiday celebrated inMexico from November 1- 2. The first day celebrates the children that passed away and is often referred to as Día de los Angelitos, meaning “Day of the Little Angels” or All Saints Day. The second day which celebrates the adults is known as All Souls Day. On this holiday, families remember and celebrate their loved ones that have passed away. Although it is associated with the dead, it is not a morbid occasion but rather a happy and festive one. Families prepare for this annual holiday weeks in advance to ensure that the departed have everything they could possibly want and need.

Skeletons, skulls and marigolds are the main symbols of Day of the Dead. Marigolds are the official flower and are known as the “flower of the dead” because they only bloom for a few weeks in October. The gorgeous orange color and sweet smell of the flower is said to attract the souls of the dead. Skeletons and skulls of various sizes can be seen in windows, dancing in the streets, and as sugar sculptures.

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The Vibrant State of Oaxaca Celebrates Day of the Dead

Oaxaca, one ofMexico’s most vibrant states, is located in southwesternMexico and is best known for its indigenous cultures. The Central Valley of Oaxaca is well known for its archaeological sites, culture and fine crafts. Oaxaca also contains a vast diversity of wildlife including plants, reptiles, amphibians, and mammals.

Whether one is interested in shopping, sightseeing or eating great food;Oaxacahas something to offer everyone.  The angelic state has unique architecture, top-notch museums, and its own delicious version of Mexican food.  Some great places for shopping are the Atzompa community market which is famous for its handmade green-glazed pottery and Mercado de Abastos, the largest outdoor market inMexico.  A few places for sightseeing are the Monte Albán archaeological site, the mezcal plantation, the Mitla archaeological site, and the Museum of Contemporary Art of Oaxaca.  Known for its fabulous regional cuisine, many people visitOaxacajust for the food. Mole negro, cocido, and tlayudas with quesillo are just a handful of the dishes that you will find here.  Some of the crowd-pleasing restaurants are Los Danzantes, Los Pacos and Catedral.  When looking for something sweet, look no further becauseOaxacais famous for its chocolate.

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Smithsonian Latino Center to Mark Day of the Dead with Virtual Museum Exhibit

The Smithsonian Latino Center will celebrate the Day of the Dead with a three-day online event. The festival will be held October 31 to November 2 in the Latino Virtual Museum in Second Life. This year’s Día de los Muertos festival will feature ofrendas to late Mexican singer Chavela Vargas, actress Lupe Ontiveros and artist Carlos Alonzo. 

The online commemoration of Día de los Muertos will also be enhanced with social media. Visitors will have the opportunity to tweet messages and offerings during the ceremony, which will be delivered in the Nahuatl language. 

“This year’s festival allows visitors to create a virtual presence with their avatars and to engage in the spirit of this culturally significant celebration by sharing their offerings with a global audience via Twitter,” said Melissa Carrillo,LatinoCenterdirector of New Media and Technology. “This celebration continues to grow in popularity, which is evidenced by more than 11,000 visits to our online festival last year.” 

TheSmithsonianLatinoCenterensures Latino contributions to arts, sciences and the humanities are highlighted, understood and advanced through the development and support of public programs, scholarly research, museum collections and educational opportunities at the Smithsonian Institution and its affiliated organizations across theUnited States.

Monarch Butterfly Migration passes through Day of the Dead celebrations

As the monarch butterflies’ annual migration brings them closer and closer to Mexico, one of Mexico’s best-known holidays is approaching. The beginning of November marks Día de los Muertos, or “Day of the Dead.” This holiday celebrates and honors deceased loved ones, and coincidently occurs simultaneously with the monarch arrival inMexico. Monarch butterflies travel thousands of miles from theUnited States andCanada to their winter nesting grounds in centralMexico.

The native Purépecha Indians believe that encapsulated within each butterfly is the soul of a returned loved one. In the Mexican state of Michoacán, monarchs drift through the cemeteries. As the butterflies dance across graves, these souls are greeted by locals celebrating the holiday.

The orange-winged beauties add a vibrant touch to the celebrations. As 300 million butterflies complete their 3,000-mile journey, the living rejoice in their annual visit from the returning souls.

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Tzintzuntzán Celebrates Day of the Dead

Located in the north of Michoacán and 53km from the capital of Morelia, the beautiful city ofTzintzuntzán is a place everyone should visit.  Tzintzuntzán, meaning “place of the hummingbirds,” is known for its festivals, including Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) and Festival of Señor del Rascate.  Moreover, this extraordinary city has many unique and interesting monuments and attractions, making it well worth the travel.

Every year, people from all over the region celebrate Día de los Muertos in Tzintzuntzán.  This holiday has been observed for centuries and was a major celebration for the indigenous people, the Purépecha.  As October comes to an end, the festivities begin.  Families start building private altars, picking marigolds, and preparing food for their departed loved ones.

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Tim Burton’s Newly Released Animation Film Inspired by Día de los Muertos

Iconic film Director, Tim Burton’s newly released film ‘Frankenweenie’ was inspired byMexico’s holiday, Día de los Muertos.Burton, who is known for his dark themed movies, has captured the essence of what Día de los Muertos is all about; celebrating the dead. Frankenweenie is a remake ofBurton’s short film and a parody to the film Frankenstein.

The black and white, stop-motion animation film is about a little boy, Victor Frankenstein, who lives with his parents and dog in New Holland. During a baseball game, Victor hits a home run and his dog Sparky chases after the ball and gets killed by a car. Feeling depressed about the loss of his dog, Victor decides to try to resurrect his beloved pet by making a laboratory in his attic. Fortunately, Victor is successful and brings Sparky back to life with lightning.

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