Halloween is so last season! While we all fight for the last outfit at Angel’s fancy dress shop and pay over the top for witches hats, remember you heard it here first that all the cool kids this year are celebrating Dia de los Muertos. (Day of the Dead)
Dia de los Muertos is a Mexican holiday for remembering and honouring those who have passed – unlike Halloween it is not morbid or sinister, but a festive, joyous time of celebration. Those celebrating will set up an altar for their loved one, decorate graves, hold graveside vigils and make and exchange sugar skulls as well as hold street parties and parades.
Many people around the world, even if they are not directly connected to Mexican culture, are drawn to the concept and imagery of Mexico’s Day of the Dead. Whereas Halloween is increasingly perceived by many as tacky and commercial, Day of the Dead is a far more meaningful celebration, popularity of which is really growing momentum in London.
We are told that there will be Mexican-style cabaret performers, street food and classic Cazadores Margarita served til 2am. Its shaping up to be the biggest Day of the Dead celebration in London.
So we’ll be swinging by for a few cocktails and some Mexican dancing (I’ll leave my sombrero and dodgy impression at home)
To celebrate Benito’s Hat are offering discounted food and cocktails until Wednesday.
Happy Dia de los Muertos muchachos and muchachas…..