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A very lively Day of the Dead

Do not miss the traditional altar and an art installation at the Mexican Cultural Institute.

The altar can be visited through November 21.

The altar can be visited through November 21.

Photos: Zander Shaw / Migrante21

muertosaltar-4The very Mexican celebration of Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) has its own tradition within the Latino community in Washington, DC. The Mexican Cultural Institute‘s annual celebration is one of them, and this year it included a very special feature: an installation by designer and creative director Luis Fitch. This work makes good use of papel picado, typical of this holiday, and proposes a modern interpretation of the Día de los Muertos traditional imagery. It will be on view through November 14.

There is also a traditional altar that honors the legendary Juan Gabriel, who passed away just a few months ago. This is a homage in the Mexican way of homages, the tragedy of death as just another facet of life, wrapped in lively colors and festive spirits. The altar, which also features figures like Teodoro González de León, Gloria Contreras, Luis González de Alba, and Ignacio Padilla, will be on display through November 21.

Beautiful installation by Luis Fitch, a modern twist on traditional imagery, will be on view through November 14.

Beautiful installation by Luis Fitch, a modern twist on traditional imagery, will be on view through November 14.

Juan Gabriel has a very special spot in the altar.

Juan Gabriel has a very special spot in the altar.

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