Dia de Muertos, or as known in English, Day of the Dead, is a Mexican holiday where the community gathers to pray, celebrate and remember friends and family members who have passed away. They believe that this helps support the deceased spiritual journey.
The Festival Latino Ottawa hosted, on Saturday November 3rd, a belated event to give the Latin community in Ottawa the opportunity to feel closer to home by continuing the tradition. The Horticulture Building at Lansdowne was the venue chosen to showcase the movie “Coco”. The place was filled with delightful and detailed altares with their typical ofrendas, traditional food and drinks. Some guests brought their most creative Catrina and Catrin costumes, while others got their face painted on the spot.
This party was a real love and pride demonstration which brought the latino community together to celebrate their roots and late loved ones with happiness and joy. As an Argentinian who just moved to Canada it was truly beautiful to be a part of it and see with my own eyes that shifting to a different country doesn’t mean leaving yours completely behind. There is always a space and ways to honour your heritage.
I honoured the invitation and Mexican culture by adding to my look a purse from Frida’s Attic. This Canadian retailer and distributor of one-of-a-kind Mexican designs employs indigenous artisans and implement fair wage tactics.
For future events follow: The Ottawa Latin Events Network