在近期举办的墨西哥亡灵节庆祝活动上，DB很高兴能采访到墨西哥驻广州总领事Carlos I. Giralt-Cabrales先生，并畅谈这个特殊节日背后的故事。
At the recent the Day of Dead Festival Celebration hosted by the Consulate General of Mexico in Guangzhou, Delta Bridges had the pleasure to interview Amb. Carlos I. Giralt-Cabrales, Consul General of Mexico in Guangzhou about the stories behind this special event.
Delta Bridges: 亡灵节是墨西哥全国非常重要的节日。你们在墨西哥通常会怎样庆祝这个节日？
The Day of Dead is a very important holiday celebrated throughout Mexico. How do you usually celebrate the holiday in Mexico?
We do altars in the houses, we put pictures of our beloved ones who have already gone. We put food and beverages there. The whole idea is to remember them and to put a lot of love in it. We invite them to share with us the special moment we enjoy together. People go to the physical graveyards. They spend the whole night there and they eat and drink with the beloved ones who have gone. In modern times, we also have festivals and parties. We also have parades in which we paint our faces. We celebrate that as a natural part of life, knowing that you are not really totally gone. It’s just that you are not physically here. As long as your family and friends re-member you, you are still here with us.
（Is it about religion?）
It is in part religious and it is in part a personal belief. There’s a belief that we don’t have to forget our beloved ones. If we keep them in our memories, somehow they are still alive inside of us.
Has the way of celebrating the holiday changed throughout these years? Has any simplification or modification taken place? For example, do young people celebrate in a different way?
Yes of course. Every generation add a few things. All this kind of social activity are alive and they are part of the society. It is not a bad thing and instead it’s good. It means this celebration is enriched by new ideas along with the pass of the time. I can tell you that everyone’s lost someone they loved, probably their family, their friends, etc. The whole idea is that we don’t forget. We remember.
The tradition was inscribed in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO, which is a good window for people to get a better knowledge of Mexican culture. What do you think the influence of the Day of the Dead in South China?
Many Chinese people that come across this festival and this idea are curious about the way the Mexicans see life and death. The more they know about our way of celebrating the festival, the more they want to know more. So, it’s a wonderful opportunity for us to provide them with some information they want to know about my country. Tonight’s activity is not only an activity we host to express our culture to Chinese people, but also a way to bring together the Mexicans community; to celebrate something that is particular from my country with my fellow Mexicans. We are not a big community, but we are very hard-working people. They are trading between China and Mexico, they are professionals, and they have learned how to appreciate the Chinese culture and to live here happily. But we are Mexicans, so it is good to spend holidays together among our community.
To build a better mutual understanding in cultural, what kinds of efforts has consu-late General of Mexico in Guangzhou made recently?
Yes, we had our Independent Day celebration in September. We had seminars on economics and Mexico. We tried to bring our warmth to the Chinese people and also, we try to awaken Chinese people’s interest in visiting Mexico. Very important: we have a flight between Guangzhou and Mexico City, stopping over at Vancouver, operated by China Southern Airline. So I believe it is a very convenient form of communication between our two countries. It is true that we are geographically distance; but with this flight we are relatively close now. we are expecting to see more Chinese citizens visiting Mexico. And it is my hope that more Mexicans will also visit China. The better we know about each other, the better friends we will be.
Are there any cultural activities held by Consulate General of Mexico in the recent future?
Next September, we will have again our Independence Day celebration, just as this year. Also, we will have some other exhibitions and perhaps one or two Mexican Culinary events. We are currently working in preparing our cultural program for the next year. Some activities that we organized are sponsored by different enterprises, so we will work hard to get their support again for 2019. We are convinced that our cultural programs help to a better understanding among China and Mexico. As I implied before, the more we talk about our two countries, the better we could build awareness between the great people of China and the great people of Mexico.