The Day of the Dead in Malaysia honours the victims of the recent Mexican earthquake.
Contrary to popular belief, Halloween is not celebrated as a costume festival in the entire Western world. In Mexico, it is known as Día de los Muertos or Day of the Dead and is the time when the dead are honoured.
This year, the Embassy of Mexico in Malaysia took the opportunity to honour the victims of the recent 7.1 magnitude earthquake that shook the country.
A traditional Day of the Dead altar honouring the departed was erected in the official residence of the ambassador and a large audience of more than 100 people consisting of senior Malaysian government officials, royalty, businessmen, academics, and local media were invited to take part in the festivity.
Guests were entertained by stories about the altar and what its elements symbolised, while a real-size ‘Catrina’ was also presented for everyone to learn of its role during the occasion. And of course, there were Mexican food aplenty for all who came.
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