Montes & Clark have supplied the brilliant Mexican restaurant chain Wahaca with many hundreds of meters of handmade papercut bunting. This was commissioned with a special Day of the Dead design for Wahaca, and made by the papercut artist Sergio in his workshop in Mexico.


Sergio, in his papercut workshop in Mexico.

Day of the Dead is becoming ever popular outside of Mexico. The striking catrina women – in elaborate dresses with skull painted faces – light the imagination. In London it is almost overtaking traditional Halloween fancy dress costumes. But the festival is much more than a dressing up theme for a party. Day of the Dead is an opportunity to celebrate and remember family and friends who have died beyond the single event of a funeral or wake.

An altar is prepared, covered in flowers and fruits, where you can bring the favourite food and drinks of the dead you wish to remember and light a candle in their honour. The London Mexican community gather on November 2nd at the most authentic gathering at Rich Mix in Bethnal Green. And here I love to see the intermingling of messages for ‘my nan’ accompanying a cup of tea and a cigarette, along with traditional Mexican food and tequila for departed relatives.

If you have never experienced Day of the Dead, then come along on Sunday November 2nd. It’s free and family oriented with craft making, day of the dead themed face-painting and live music. Bring along a momento of someone you wish to honor and remember.

And head to a Wahaca restaurant if you want to taste authentic, fresh Mexican food (rather than the unappetising ‘texmex’ that is passed off as Mexican). While you drink your cocktail and coo over the tasty tacos, look up and admire the detail of work that has gone into those fluttering decorations above your head.

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