The Mexican Embassy in Jakarta hopes to introduce more of the North American county's traditions to the Indonesian community, such as those showcased during the recent celebration of the Day of the Dead. (Photo courtesy of the Mexican Embassy)

Mexican Embassy Shares 'Day of the Dead' Celebration With Indonesian Community

NOVEMBER 10, 2018

Jakarta. The Mexican Embassy in Jakarta hopes to introduce more of the North American county's traditions to the Indonesian community, such as those showcased during the recent celebration of the Day of the Dead.

According to Ricardo Ramirez, head of the embassy's cultural section, every mission abroad celebrates this day, coinciding with celebrations across Mexico during the first two weeks of November every year.

"People gather in cemeteries and houses to honor and remember their loved ones. [We want] to share our traditions with the Indonesian community," Ramirez told the Jakarta Globe.

Mexican families decorate their homes with private altars, known as ofrendas, decorated with sugar skulls and marigolds, along with the favorite foods, drinks and possessions of those who have passed on.

"Some people also gather at cemeteries to bring food and drinks to the deceased, and to leave pillows and blankets for the souls to rest," the embassy said in a statement.

However, Día de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is not supposed to be sad, scary nor morbid, but rather a day of happiness for people to remember, reconnect and rethink their lives and their ancestors.

"It is very important, because it's a tradition that shows syncretism between the pre-Hispanic civilizations and Catholic traditions," Ramirez added.

The embassy held the celebration in Jakarta on Nov. 1, which was attended by dozens of people and featured elements of the celebration as well as traditional Mexican food.

Unesco recognizes the Mexican Day of the Dead as an intangible cultural heritage.

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