China Daily (Canada) - - LIFE -

Mod­ern Hal­loween is rooted in Christian and pa­gan fes­ti­vals that were cel­e­brated in Europe cen­turies ago.

The spir­i­tual as­pect of re­mem­ber­ing the dead, in­her­ent in those events, has long been lost.

But that re­li­gious in­tent is very much alive in the Mex­i­can ob­ser­vance of Dia de los Muer­tos, of­ten known as Mex­ico’s Hal­loween.

It has also been com­pared with China’s Tomb-Sweep­ing Fes­ti­val, when peo­ple visit their an­ces­tors at their graves and honor them with cer­e­mo­nial of­fer­ings of food, drinks and money (usu­ally burned).

Ceme­ter­ies be­come seas of dark-yel­low marigold flow­ers. Grin­ning skele­tons leer from fes­tive posters. And sugar skulls are munched upon by de­vout ob­servers of all ages.

The em­bassy of Mex­ico and the UNAM Cen­ter forMex­i­can Stud­ies at Beijing For­eign Stud­ies Univer­sity will host a pub­lic ex­hi­bi­tion to showcase and cel­e­brate th­ese hol­i­day tra­di­tions in Beijing on Nov 1 and 2 from11 am to 5 pmat the Ar­caute Arte Con­tem­po­ra­neo, 56 Dongsi Jiu­tiao, Dongcheng dis­trict.

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