Otago Daily Times

Day of the Dead cel­e­bra­tion muted

- Latin America News · Infectious Diseases · Health Conditions · Mexico City · Mexico

MEX­ICO CITY: Marigolds, known in Mex­ico as ‘‘the flower of the dead’’ for a scent be­lieved be strong and sweet enough to at­tract souls and draw them back, are gen­er­ally all around by midOc­to­ber as the Day of the Dead ap­proaches.

But with the coun­try ex­ceed­ing 85,700 of­fi­cial deaths from the coro­n­avirus pan­demic this year, the bright, or­ange colour has not been as prom­i­nent and Mex­i­can au­thor­i­ties have said ceme­ter­ies would re­main closed for the Novem­ber 2 cel­e­bra­tion.

Ratch­et­ing back the cel­e­bra­tions was a sac­ri­fice that must be made if Mex­ico was to curb the spread of the pan­demic, di­rec­tor of Mex­ico City’s Com­mis­sion for Nat­u­ral Re­sources and Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment Columba Lopez said.

‘‘Peo­ple have to stay at home,’’ he added.

The Day of the Dead tra­di­tion blends Catholic rit­u­als with the pre­His­panic be­lief that the dead re­turn once a year from the un­der­world. — Reuters

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