MONTEVIDEO – The Mexican Embassy in Uruguay on Wednesday invited Mexicans to commemorate the Day of the Dead around an altar honoring singer Juan Gabriel, who died in August.
“This year, we built this altar dedicated to a pop singer with great popularity in Mexico, Juan Gabriel. Because he is an artist with deep roots among the people, we decided to dedicate it to him as an homage,” Armando Vivancos, chief of the chancery at the Mexican Embassy in Montevideo, told EFE.
Juan Gabriel, known as the “Juarez Divo” and a big music star throughout Latin America, died on Aug. 28 after suffering a stroke in Santa Monica, California, at the age of 66.
The installation of altars on the Day of Dead is a Mexican tradition with pre-Colombian origins, intended to remember loved ones who have died, and they are created each year in Mexican homes.
Nearly 400 Mexican citizens are registered as living in Uruguay.
Each year, the embassy selects a different theme for altars, highlighting famous personalities, such as painter Frida Kahlo, and events, like the Mexican Revolution, or daily scenes in traditional cantinas.