VIDEO - Altar put up in ‘Day of the Dead’ tribute

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An altar where people can honour loved ones who have died, has been erected in the foyer of Sheffield Hallam University.

The tribute is part of a traditional Mexican custom known as the Day of the Dead, that is celebrated every year at this time in that part of the world.

Dr Elizabeth Uruchurtu with the Latin American community alter prepared to celebrate the Mexican Day of the Dead. The alter is in Sheffield Hallam University's Cantor Building.

Dr Elizabeth Uruchurtu with the Latin American community alter prepared to celebrate the Mexican Day of the Dead. The alter is in Sheffield Hallam University's Cantor Building.

The altar was created by Dr Elizabeth Uchurtu, a computing lecturer at the university, who has lived in England for 12 years, but says she grew up celebrating the Day of the Dead at home in Mexico.

She said: “It really is a celebration, a time to remember the people we love who are no longer with us and celebrate their lives and their souls and what they mean to us.

“It’s a very old custom going back many many years and the idea is that the gap between the living and the dead is bridged on these days and we can spend time thinking about them and remembering them.”

The altar features sugar skulls, handcrafts, photos, memorabilia and the favourite food and beverages of the departed and has been put together by staff and students.

Dr Uchurtu said: This year we have organised a series of activities including workshops for adults and children, an artistic night with music, readings and dance from Mexico and Latin America.

“We have teamed with the SIA gallery at Sheffield Hallam University, the Latin America Society of students at the University of Sheffield and Museums Sheffield to create activities over the weekend.”

To find out more about events being held this weekend, visit www.facebook.com/DayOfTheDeadSheffield