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DÌA DE LOS MUERTOS (DAY OF THE DEAD) X OLMECA ALTOS

Written by: Rebecca Fok
Updated: November 9, 2018
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D ia de los Muertos’ directly translates into Day of the Dead’ in English and as blood-curdling as it sounds, it is a famous Mexican festival that has a joyous loving backstory. Considered by many as the Mexican equivalent of the Jewish festival, Sukkot, or Halloween, Dia de los Muertos begins on October 31 and runs through to November 2. It is a special time for the living to commemorate and celebrate those who have passed on.

If you want to embrace Mexican culture, then do as the Mexicans do; dance to eargasmic tunes, dig into scrumptious tacos and indulge in the best tequila. Read on to learn how the locals and foreigners did just that during the biggest and deadliest Dia de los Muertos celebrations that took place at the F1 Pit Building earlier this month.

A SPECIAL TIME FOR THE LIVING TO COMMEMORATE AND CELEBRATE THOSE WHO HAVE PASSED ON
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Olmeca Altos Booth

It’s never appropriate to have a Mexican party without Tequila! The Olmeca team was prepared from the get-go; planning a launch for their Tequilas right where the party was: DIA DE LOS MUERTOS 2018. Inspired by Altos Blanco, the Tequila Booth set-up was predominantly turquoise in colour, perfectly matched with wooden furniture alongside potted plants and ornaments depicting the Day Of The Dead.

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Band

Tequila: checked! What next? Musica Mexicana of course! Introducing the renown Ireson Latin Band, a group of talented musicians who are no strangers to the Latin scene here in sunny Singapore. Adults and children alike were showing off their salsa and cumbia moves while the band played away into the night. Need more traditional Mexican music? Sure! These talented musicians can kill a reggaetón tune or traditional Mariachi performance anytime.

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Sugar skull face painting

Another highlight was the Sugar Skull face painting. Sugar Skull painting was made popular after a man named José Guadalupe Prosada created a print of a figure called La Calavera Catrina ("The Elegant Skull"). The artwork depicted a woman with a skull for a face and was originally made to mock the Mexican upper-class female. The name has since evolved into 'sugar skull' in recent times and has become the most familiar symbol of the Day of the Dead/ DIA DE LOS MUERTOS. EVENT-GOERS painted their faces as calacas and calaveras (skeletons and skulls) and many dress up as Catrina to commemorate this special occasion.

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Mexican food delights

Tacos, burritos, enchiladas! Thanks to the amazing food stalls present, the bustling crowd was spoilt for choice; from Halal desserts to authentic Mexican delights, the hungry event-goers’ insatiable appetites were satisfied. Strings of Señoritas and Señor were grinning from ear to ear as they strolled along the stretch of food booths set up by Senor Tacos, Park Bench Deli, Penny University and etc.

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Traditional storytelling by renown Valentina Ortiz

Well-known storyteller, Valentina Ortiz was flown in specially for this festival. Donned in a while flowy dress, Valentina captivated the children with her vivid interpretation of the story behind DIA DE LOS MUERTOS A.K.A the Day of the Dead.

The thing with outdoor events is that you can never be fully prepared for a downpour and that was just what happened during the festival. THANKFULLY for everyone, the Olmeca Altos booth had a shelter to save the day. Not only many of the event-goers were spared from the merciless rain, the cosy crowd also kept warm with free tequila shots and an array of intoxicating tequila cocktails and slushies concocted by Altos’s brand ambassador, Rhyse and his team of tipple experts.

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