Celebrate the Day of the Dead

October 13, 2011 in Irish Daily Star

Bella-a-go-go’s Day of the Dead Cabaret Celebration, in The Sugar Club, is shaping up to be a great night out filled with all the best parts of Halloween mixed with depth. Bella started the annual event after the loss of a family member and wanted to use the traditional Mexican festival as a way to mourn the loss. Find the event on Facebook here.

The festival, known as “el Dia de los Muertos” in Mexico, brings people together to remember friends and family who have died. It is celebrated on Halloween and traditionally involves visiting the graves of the departed to celebrate their life, bringing offerings of their favourite food and drink, photos, and other memorabilia.

The sugar skulls, which have become popular tattoo images, are thought to originate from the 17th century when it was used as a cheap artists’ medium for religious sculpture.

But the message of the day is a positive one and the cabaret is the perfect way to explore the theme and have some fun with it. Even Martha Stewart has made sugar skulls on her TV show here. Tip – Marks and Spencers are selling skull moulds right now.

Get into the spirit by making (and eating) sugar skulls, applying the face paint or just wearing the belt buckle with the skull on it, but don’t forget to have fun with it!