By Antonia Cundy Mexico’s capital — the oldest capital city in the Americas — sprawls over some 1,500 square kilometres, 2,240 metres above sea level. Voted the number one travel destination for 2019 by National Geographic, the city has an economic strength, cultural traditions and access to the natural world that are good reasons to move here permanently. Design destination Originally built on an island by Aztecs, the city was the political, administrative and economic centre of the Spanish empire in the Americas. Today, Mexico City has a mix of Aztec, Mayan and European heritage that has created an exciting range of architectural design — from the pyramids at Teotihuacán just north-east of the city to 16th-century Catedral Metropolitana and the modernist murals of Diego Rivera. Attractions such as the artist Frida Kahlo’s Blue House, now a museum, and the strikingly modern Museo Soumaya appeal to designers across the world, so much so that the … [Read more...] about Five reasons to live in Mexico City
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THOUSANDS of revellers have hit the streets in Mexico to take part in the country’s world famous Day of the Dead festival. Men and women painted their faces and wore costumes to honour their lost loved ones during a number of parades throughout the country. Thousands flocked to Zocalo Square in the capital, Mexico City, to pay their respects in the annual festival. Children had their faces painted and lit candles while thousands walked through the towns and cities across the country wearing Halloween-like outfits. The Mexican Day of the Dead festival is a time where revellers are encouraged to pray for lost loved ones, to help them through their journey in the afterlife. Revellers often construct their own private altars, where they honour the dead with a number of different gifts. Sugar skulls and marigolds are among the offerings given up, as well as the favourite food and drinks of the departed. For around 2,500 and 3,000 years, rituals celebrating the deaths of ancestors … [Read more...] about Mexico’s Day of the Dead celebrations begin as thousands dressed as skeletons and ghouls hit the streets
DAY of the Dead celebrations began today in Mexico, with millions of revellers painting their faces and constructing altars to honour their lost loved ones. But what happens during the annual festival, how long does it last, and where did it come from? What is the Day of the Dead? In a number of different cultures, there is a dedicated celebration made especially to remember the lives of family and friends who have passed away. The Mexican Day of the Dead festival is a time where revellers are encouraged to pray for lost loved ones, to help them through their journey in the afterlife. Mexico City's Day of Dead parade honours quake rescuers On the Dia de Muertos, revellers often construct their own private altars, where they honour the dead with a number of different gifts. Sugar skulls and marigolds are among the offerings given up, as well as the favourite food and drinks of the departed. When is Day of the Dead taking place? The colourful festival takes place between October 31 and … [Read more...] about Day Of The Dead 2018 – how long does the festival last, is it only celebrated in Mexico and what’s it all about?
From the City of London to Mexico City: Jeremy Hunt’s plan for CEO ambassadors BelfastTelegraph.co.uk Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt will unveil plans to open some of the UK’s top diplomatic posts to non-civil servants on Wednesday. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/from-the-city-of-london-to-mexico-city-jeremy-hunts-plan-for-ceo-ambassadors-37478242.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/article37478239.ece/120d7/AUTOCROP/h342/bpanews_7e228fb0-e0a3-4265-a0a6-93e65629108f_1 Email Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt will unveil plans to open some of the UK’s top diplomatic posts to non-civil servants on Wednesday. It is part of a revamp of Britain’s diplomatic system which includes proposals for 1,000 more staff and a wider array of languages being taught, unveiled five months before Brexit. Here we look at some of the issues: – What is Jeremy Hunt proposing? He wants to open one or two top posts, those of ambassadors who represent the UK … [Read more...] about From the City of London to Mexico City: Jeremy Hunt’s plan for CEO ambassadors
It isn't all about Halloween this week. Day of the Dead is on the horizon this week too, a unique and intriguing festival of remembrance, that every year sees the world get a little bit more interested in the cultural vibrance of Mexico. Mexican culture is, however, so much more than tinga tacos and flowered headbands. No one knows that better than the country’s artists, particularly those who have woven their country’s heritage, aesthetic traditions and politics throughout their work. This Day of the Dead – or Dia de los Muertos – take a closer look at five cultural minds who have put Mexico on the map in modern art and beyond. Frida Kahlo Frida Kahlo is among the most recognisable, influential and groundbreaking artists in global art history. She took up painting as a teenager having been left bedbound for months by a horrific traffic accident in 1925, creating her first self-portraits by looking at a mirror hung above her bed. Kahlo suffered … [Read more...] about Five artists to transport you to Mexico for Day of the Dead