Glasgow festival inspired Day of the Dead in Mexico

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A festival of MUSIC and storytelling that gives people the chance to remember loved ones departed will take place at Gorbals“The City of the Dead” this weekend.

Always and Forever: To Absent Friends is hosted by Friends of Southern Necropolis, which transformed the South Side graveyard with regular cleanups, historic events and community activities.

Colin Mackie, Founder of FoSN, explained: “Everyone has a story to tell about someone who died that they miss, but talking about it openly can often cause discomfort or embarrassment, and people may struggle to know what to say around someone who is dead. private.

Glasgow Times: South NecropolisSouthern Necropolis (Picture: NewsQuest)

“The To Absent Friends festival is an opportunity to change the culture, to open up and to share these important stories.”

The event will take place on Sunday, November 6 from noon to 2 p.m. at Caledonia Road Cemetery.

People are encouraged to bring family photos, share stories, songs and memories of those they have lost.

The music group Gorbals Strum for Life, part of Givin’ It Laldie, will provide entertainment and soup and sandwiches will be provided.

Glasgow Times: Colin and Elsie Mackie of Friends of the Southern NecropolisColin and Elsie Mackie of Friends of the Southern Necropolis (Picture: NewsQuest)

The festival, which began in 2014 and is inspired by Mexican Day of the Dead celebrations, aims to address the stigma of bereavement and encourage communities to support active remembrance of the deceased without embarrassment or embarrassment, regardless of the date of his death.

Colin added: “The event will allow members of the G5, Oatlands and Gorbals community to share their experiences and sign messages of remembrance and tributes on laminated hearts which they can then hang on the Always and Forever tree in the area of ​​the Franciscan Circle. .

“We’re really proud to be part of this special festival again, along with our good friends Strum for Life.”

The South Necropolis was established in July 1840 and is the final resting place of many merchants, traders, shipbuilders and architects who contributed to Glasgow’s world fame.

As well as famous soldiers, ministers, musicians and actors, the 250,000 graves include many craftsmen and working-class merchants from Glasgow’s shipyards, factories and shops.

Notable inhabitants include architects Alexander Greek Thomson and Charles Wilson, and grocer Sir Thomas Lipton.

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