The British Museum in London will be displaying props from SPECTRE as part of their Days of the Dead festival. Four 6-metre skeletons and an 11-metre skeleton, which were used in the opening sequence of the film, will be on show from 30 October to 2 November.
In Mexico, Days of the Dead is an annual festival where families gather to remember the dead. Its origins can be traced back at least 3,000 years among Mexico’s pre-Hispanic indigenous cultures.
Contemporary festivals reflect a blend of native traditions and Catholic beliefs. These include building private altars, honouring the dead using sugar skulls, marigolds and the favourite foods and beverages of the deceased, and visiting graves with these as gifts.
The British Museum’s free festival took place over four days and included a Friday evening event, a weekend of family activities and a study day on Monday. Throughout the festival the Museum was decorated with art installations by Mexican artists.
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