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Buckinghamshire cemetery to celebrate Day of the Dead
The Day of the Dead
The Day of the Dead is an important date in the Mexican calendar

Memories of loved ones who have passed away are to be brought to life during a colourful and vibrant celebration at a Buckinghamshire cemetery.

The Day of the Dead is an important date in the Mexican calendar when families and friends visit cemeteries to remember their ancestors.

It is now about to be celebrated for the first time at the Chiltern Woodland Burial Park near Beaconsfield.

All members of the public are invited to take part in the event.

Partying

The Day of the Dead is a time of celebration, where partying and eating is common.

Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars honouring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favourite foods and beverages of the departed and visiting graves with these as gifts.

Celebration

"The Day of the Dead is an important date in the Mexican calendar and one which lends itself perfectly to our ethos of celebrating the cycle of life," explained Park Manager Fran Hall.

Sugar skull
Sugar skulls are traditionally decorated

"Over the preceding weekend we'll be decorating our ceremonial buildings in traditional Mexican style and hope people will bring along photos and mementoes of loved ones for our communal altar. Anyone who would like to join in and help with the preparations is welcome to come along on Sunday, 31 October.

"As well as a short ceremony at noon on Monday, when the names of loved ones will be read out, we'll be serving popular Mexican foods including Bread of the Dead, chilli and tortillas.

"It would be wonderful if members of the public brought along a loved one's favourite dish to share with others as part of the community of the day. Traditional sugar skulls will also be available for visitors to decorate in memory of their loved ones."

Taboos

Fran Hall said that she hoped the free event would help to further break down the taboos that surrounded death and encourage people to celebrate their own lives - as well as the lives of those who had died.

Day of the Dead will take place at Chiltern Woodland Burial Park near Beaconsfield in Buckinghamshire on Monday 1 November from 10am to 4pm.




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