El Dia De Los Muertos or ‘Day of the Dead’ can be found in many an obscure corner of the world. The day, which has been celebrated for 3,000 years, is devoted to remembering and honoring the deceased and wayward souls that have passed.
Unlike the distinctly Americanized Halloween hullabaloo, El Dia De Los Muertos is a sacred tradition. Whilst we all embrace the frivolity, shadows and inner ghoulishness that Halloween has to offer, this year sees London celebrating the Day of the Dead in extraordinary and colourful glory.
A traditional Altar from Mexico is being exhibited alongside work created by students from the Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon Progression Centre; the National Art & Design Saturday Club working with artist Demian Flores in the Triangle Space; and a float and performance has been designed and curated by artist Francis Thorburn.
If you’re thinking of joining in the Day of the Dead hype, book a spot at the supper club helmed by Mexican chef, Santiago Lastra at The Vaults. Taking place alongside their three night agave-fuelled Day of the Dead fiesta, Santiago Lastra Rodriguez has created a four-course extravaganza alongside Wahaca co-founder, Thomasina Miers.
For a much more raucous hurrah, Wahaca are also holding their version of events on the 3rd, 4th and 5th November. The ‘nocturnal celebration of modern Mexico’ in The Vaults promises to be a ‘grave rave’ with live bands, DJ’s, street food and all the tequila you can handle.
North of the river, iconic Mexican restaurant Café Pacifico’s Day of the Dead celebrations are running on overdrive, from the 1st – 18th November your Pan de Muerto (an egg based sweet bread) and Cajeta (a traditional milk, sugar and tequila based dip) can be washed down with a Paloma Muerta cocktail created by Café Pacifico’s tequila experts, a refreshing mix of 1800 Tequila, fresh pomegranate, pink grapefruit, lime, agave nectar, sea salt and soda.
If you’re wanting to don a full on Day of the Dead ensemble look no further than Tea & Tequila’s handcrafted beaded sugar skull clutch bags. Each and every one of Tea & Tequila’s products blends inspiration and love for Mexican artesanías with an inherently British style. The beaded sugar skull bag seamlessly encapsulates this mission to showcase Mexico’s rich and colourful culture, whilst offering style ‘with a conscience’.
Mexico has an extensive history of creating sugar art for religious and cultural festivals. Between 31st October and 1st November sugar skulls are crafted by Mexicans to remember and honour family’s loved ones.
Featuring a beaded, colourful skull, Tea & Tequila’s sugar skull clutch bags reflect this tradition and are meticulously hand-crafted by highly-skilled embroiderers in the heart of San Angel in Mexico City. The designs are carefully paired with hand-picked leathers and recycled leather fabrics from the state of Guanajuato.