Sometimes the closest we get to a dream Mexican holiday is when we’re quietly sipping a Sol alongside our lunchtime burrito. Thankfully there is plenty of celebration of Mexican culture and cuisine to consume this Day of the Dead weekend. Read on to find out the best places to pay your respects and take advantage of our favourite agave-based beverage.
1. Wahaca will be celebrating the Mexican Day of the Dead festival in all of their restaurants with face painting artists to get you looking the part on the evening of Friday November 1, as well as a free Olmeca Altos tequila for everyone who comes in on Friday 1 and Saturday 2 of November. For those who prefer their tequila in a cocktail, they will be mixing up a special Day of the Dead Blood Orange Margarita for only £5. The restaurants will be decorated with a traditional ofrenda altar to celebrate the life of some of our favourite Mexicans, as well as papel picado decorations.
2. The Horniman Museum has a host of late events happening, including its very own festival parade on Thursday November 7. Starting at 6.45PM, follow an army of fluorescent skeletons, Mexican musicians and traditional Day of the Dead characters in their macabre dance through the galleries. You can also enjoy a bite to eat in the Horniman Café, try some Mexican street food or taste some special Day of the Dead cocktails in the Victorian Conservatory.
3. Art Macabre‘s Mexicarnival on Thursday October 31 is perfectly suited to everyone who fancies putting a sinister spin on ‘life’ drawing. Alongside the nude models, Senorita Skeletina will be on hand to draw your fortune and there’ll even be a sketch altar for all your artistic offerings.
4. Si hablas Español, then a night at Rich Mix on Saturday November 2 could be a scream, with Mexican horror movies on show. Besides the cinematic showings there will also be an offering of ‘undead’ DJs and roaming zombie dancers. Partner up at your peril.
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