Dia de Muertos sheds light on the unique Mexican culture and its many traditions

You may be familiar with the Mexican holiday Day of the Dead or Dia de Muertos thanks to its widespread celebration and depiction in movies like Coco and The Book of Life, but do you really know all there is to this meaningful display of Mexican heritage?

Well, you can now enjoy a closer look, at the returning Day of the Dead (Dia de Muertos) showcase in the National Museum of Singapore.

Happening from now till Nov 2, the Embassy of Mexico has put together the second edition of the exhibition to spotlight the special holiday while shedding light on its origins and traditions.

In fact, this year’s edition is dedicated to the great Aztec empire and commemorates the 700th anniversary of the foundation of Mexico-Tenochtitlan, the capital of the Aztecs (Mexicas) and the 500th anniversary of its fall in 1521.

So look forward to viewing a large pyramid, an integral part of the show that contains the main symbolisms of what Dia de Muertos meant to the Aztecs.

In this case, the pyramid represents Tenochtitlan’s main pyramid, which used to be in what is now the city centre of Mexico City. It was destroyed by the Spaniards in 1521, but an archeological site remains at the present-day historical centre.

There is also a market display at the exhibition, and that ties in the Aztec celebration in relation to agriculture, as well as the presentation of produce originally from the territory of what is now Mexico.

You’ll be able to uncover plenty more about the history of Dia de Muertos and the unique Mexican traditions at the actual exhibition, so head down to discover more.


The Day of the Dead exhibition runs from now till Nov 2 at the National Museum of Singapore. More information available here.