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Day of the Dead Comes to Islington!

In Western culture, the topic of death is often taboo. Once the funeral or memorial service is over, our reflections tend to take place in private. We miss out on the opportunity to share our memories of our deceased loved-ones and connect with those in our community who have similar experiences to contribute.

In Mexico, it’s different. Their annual Day of the Dead ceremony brings the whole community together to honour the dead and celebrate how much they mean to those still living. It’s a vibrant, colourful ceremony, reminding us that death is a necessary and normal part of the cycle of life.

New Unity, a local non-religious church, is bringing a touch of this spirit to Islington. The event has been created by Mexican members of the church’s community to capture the vibrancy of the Mexican ceremony.

Expect storytelling, face-painting, live music and pan de muerto, a delicious ceremonial sweetbread which literally means ‘bread of the dead’! People will be invited to decorate altars-to-the-dead with their pictures, messages and flowers.