By Professor Nuala Finnegan
UCC Celebrates Mexican Day of the Dead
It is that time of the year again and, thanks to the hard work of several members of the Mexican community in Cork, led by Cecilia Gamez and UCC PhD student Emer Clifford, there is a Mexican Day of the Dead altar on display inside the entrance to the O’Rahilly Building.
The Day(s) of the Dead are traditionally celebrated in Mexico with altars such as this one on November 1st and 2nd each year. They include the traditional crepe paper designs, candles and skulls (made from candy and other ingredients). This year’s altar is dedicated to the memory of Rodolfo Guzmán Huerta (1917 –1984), better known as El Santo (the Saint), the luchador enmascarado or masked wrestler and film actor who became a symbol for social justice throughout Mexico during his long career. Wrestling or lucha libre is a hugely popular sport in Mexico characterized by the use of colourful masks such as the iconic silver one worn by El Santo and displayed on the altar this year.
On Saturday morning, the children who attend Spanish classes in UCC will have a chance to participate in making crafts for the altar.
The altar will remain in the O’Rahilly Building until Wednesday, November 6th.