After being back in London for roughly three weeks now, my first time back in over two years since my last study abroad program ended, I’ve been particularly interested in finding as many interesting cultural events as possible. London is known for being a vibrant, cultural hub. Take an hour to walk around any part of London, and you’ll meet people from all over the world. My MA course is practically a mini United Nations! This diversity is a large part of why I love this city so much.
That being said, I come from a Mexican background (well, half of me) and I’ve lived in California my whole life, which sometimes feels like an extension of Mexico. In California, if I’m craving an authentic taco al pastor, or if I want to go to a mercado, I don’t have to stray too far. In London, however, the Mexican population is vastly underrepresented. Because of this, it’s hard to have that connection with Mexican culture that I have back home.
This brings me to today: I was exiting the tube at Tottenham Court Road station with my friend Trent, another Californian in London, because we were on a mission to find a frozen yogurt place cheekily called Snog. While we were walking, I noticed a poster for a free Dia de los Muertos celebration taking place at The British Museum! For those of you who may not be familiar with Dia de los Muertos, it’s a holiday dedicated to celebrating the memories of loved ones who have passed on. Different countries celebrate in different ways, but generally there are special altars created with flowers and pictures, and there are candle-lit processions with music, dancing, and people dressed up in skeleton costumes. Here’s a photo I took of two of my friends, Risha and Steena, in San Francisco in 2007:
Having never been to The British Museum before, I don’t know what to expect but it sounds like it will be a fun way to spend a Sunday in London!
Now to figure out how to make a gluten-free version of pan de muertos…