Decorated skulls, dressing up and meditation – all part of ‘mindblowing’ Mexican version of Halloween

The workshop encouraged people to decorate masks and create a sacred space in the form of an altar
The workshop encouraged people to decorate masks and create a sacred space in the form of an altar
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A homeopath brought a touch of South American tradition to Berkhamsted after she held a workshop to celebrate the cycle of life and death.

Angie Litvinoff, who runs The School of Spirit Medicine, and other adults spent the afternoon building an altar to honour dead ancestors above vegan cafe Dar Papillon on the High Street.

They created colourful masks, decorated skulls, made traditional paper flowers, dressed up and meditated to celebrate El Dia De Los Muertos – Mexican for ‘the day of the dead’.

The brightly-coloured festival is the country’s version of Halloween on October 31. Angie, who is originally from Chile, said that she experienced a more open approach to death when growing up even though she has never been involved with the celebration herself.

She said: “The festival is absolutely mindblowing, it’s incredible. They have street parties, music, and all the children dress up. It’s one big celebration.

“Latin Americans have a completely different approach to life and death. It’s the done thing to go to the cemetery and open a bottle of champagne over a grave!

“In Britain, we’re very cagey about passing over, but the more we embrace it and talk about it, the more we get used to it.”

For more information on The School of Spirit Medicine and other forthcoming events and courses with Angie, click here to visit here website.