Day of the Dead

The Mexican Culture Society and Global Lounge celebrate Day of the Dead
Monday 2 November

What is Day of the Dead?

Day of the Dead, or Día de los Muertos, is a Mexican holiday where family and friends gather to remember those close to them who have died.

The Mexican Culture Society explored and celebrated this annual festivity with The Global Lounge, with guest speakers delivering live and interactive presentations from both the UK and Mexico, explaining what happens during this annual festivity!

Although celebrations couldn’t take place in-person, the Mexican Culture Society planned a full programme of events to mark this important holiday, which honours and celebrates the deceased.

Speakers introduced the festivity and its importance in Mexican culture, including how it’s celebrated in the capital of Mexico, Mexico City (San Lorenzo Tenzonco) as well as El Xantolo in the Huasteca region. Speakers shared their experience of living in these parts of Mexico and what you can expect to experience during the Day of the Dead celebrations – which lasts several days – including music, shrines, and the cemetery! Also explained was one of most recognisable symbols of The Day of the Dead celebrations – a tall female skeleton wearing a hat with feathers – La Catrina, who was borne from illustrator José Guadalupe Posada.

Let’s talk about food!

Attendees got to find out about popular food, Pan de Muerto (Bread of the Dead) and the significance of its shape and structure – find out how to make ‘Bread of the Dead’ by heading to the Mexican Culture Society’s video on YouTube!

They also talked about a traditional mesoamerican dish, made of masa or dough, which is steamed in a corn husk or banana leaf – tamales! Not only available as a savoury and spicy food – but also sweet – this is a popular Mexican food with big cultural importance. Tamales, or ‘tamal’ in Spanish, are even mentioned in proverbs and phrases – ‘whenever something goes wrong, eat tamal. Whenever something goes fine, eat it as well’.

Like the sound of tamales? Have a go at making your own!

The event ended with an explanation of Calaveritas Literarias – short verses written in the form of epitaphs to mock celebrities, politicians, friends and family members! These rhymes or phrases – which were once banned – are popular in Mexico around October and November during Day of the Dead celebrations.

See the full event below, and discover more about this fascinating festivity.

The programme of events:

00:00 – 02:00 – Welcome from the Global Lounge
02:01 – 08:44 – Introduction to the festivity
08:45 – 22:35 – Celebrations in Mexico City (San Lorenzo Tenzonco)
24:15 – 41:07 – El Xantolo
42:03 – 50:22 – La Catrina
52:10 – 1:02:21 – Pan de Muerto (Bread of the Dead)
1:02:22 – 1:12:46 – Tamales
1:15:45 –1:21:33 – Calaveritas Literarias
1:25:02 – Event end

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Day of the Dead

Join the Mexican Culture Society in celebrating Day of the Dead!

Guest speakers will deliver live and interactive presentations exploring this annual festivity. The programme of events includes:

  • 17:30 to 18:00 – Briefing
  • 18:00 to 18:05 – Welcome from the Global Lounge
  • 18:05 to 18:15 – Introduction to the Festivity
  • 18:15 to 18:30 –  Celebrations in San Lorenzo Tenzonco
  • 18:30-18:45 –  El Xantolo
  • 18:45-19:00 – La Catrina
  • 19:00-19:15 – How to cook “Pan de Muerto”
  • 19:15-19:30 – How to cook “Tamales” 
  • 19:30 -19:45 – Calaveritas Literarias
  • 19:45 – end of the event

Each talk will last around 15 minutes; participants can simply sit back, relax and listen – or get more involved in the chat while finding out more about this cultural celebration!

Join in the event on Zoom.

Meeting password: 387206

 

The Mexican Culture Society at the University of Bristol aims to:

  • Involve the student community with Mexican traditions via cultural events
  • Strengthen the integration of the Mexican community at the University via social events
  • Promote Mexican culture, history, art, literature and scientific research within the University of Bristol student community.

 

Cultural Societies Games Night

Join the BME Network in getting to know the University’s cultural societies by taking part in a bit of friendly competition!

They’re infamous for their games nights, but even if Fish Pong and banana-eating contests can’t happen in-person right now, there will be plenty of weird and wonderful games to keep you entertained!

Book your place to attend this event.

The BME Network exists to provide a safe space within the University of Bristol Students’ Union for self-identifying BME students on campus, and encourages empowerment for our communities through BME-led action and campaigns.

Find out more about the BME Network and what they do on FacebookInstagram and Twitter!

You can also check out their full programme of events for Black History Month on the Bristol SU website.

Ramadan Kareem – Celebrate and Learn

A virtual event for students and staff, Muslim and non-Muslim, to celebrate and learn about Ramadan, share tips and win some prizes!

 

 

Join us in celebrating the Islamic month of Ramadan – a time of spiritual reflection, self-improvement, devotion and worship.

Please access the webinar link using Google Chrome or Firefox browser, as other browsers do not support this platform.

The Global Lounge, in partnership with BME Success Programme welcomes all students and staff, Muslim and non-Muslim, to come together and, for those who are not Muslim, learn about this important time in the Islamic calendar; and for those who are Muslim – to join the community and gain some tips and tricks from others on how they fast during these unprecedented times.

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and much like Lunar New Year, Islam uses a calendar based on the cycles of the Moon, meaning that the exact dates of Ramadan change every year. In 2020 in the UK, Ramadan will begin, depending on the New Moon sighting, on the evening of Thursday 23 April and will end on Saturday 23 May.

What can I expect from this event?

During the online webinar there will be guest speakers talking us through the importance of Ramadan and its cultural significance, plus tips will be shared from those of you who do fast and have some wisdom to impart to others about how to stay focused through the day without fuel!

The webinar will be introduced by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Provost, Prof Judith Squires, and chaired by Global Lounge. Our Muslim speakers include:

  • Hussain Abass, President of Bristol Islamic Society: What is Ramadan and why is it significant for Muslims?

  • Nimra Naeem, BME Success Advocate: Experience of a Muslim student during Ramadan

  • Robiu Salisu, BAME Student Inclusion Officer:Launch of the inclusive guide for supporting Muslim students

  • Munira Hashmi, Muslim chaplain: Coping in Ramadan during the Covid-19 crisis 

There will be opportunities to ask questions and contribute to the topics discussed by the speakers. 

What is Ramadan?

For those of you who don’t know, Ramadan is the most sacred month of the year in Islam. Muslims observe the month of Ramadan, to mark when Allah (or God) gave the first chapters of the Quran (Holy Book) to the Prophet Muhammad. During Ramadan, Muslims fast – there is no eating or drinking during the hours of daylight.

Could you fast for a day?

To better understand fellow students and staff who are fasting – why not try fasting for a day yourself? Join this event to find out more about our fasting for a day reward!

Every Muslim event attendee, and non-Muslims that try a fast will be given a Just Eat voucher , giving you the chance to enjoy a free iftar (break of fast) meal.

Send us your questions or tips for fasting here.

Please access the webinar link using Google Chrome or Firefox browser, as other browsers do not support this platform.

Join in with this online event via the the blackboard on Thursday 30 April.

A Glimpse into the World of Indian Dance

University of Bristol staff and students came together for the first big Global Lounge event of 2020; a Glimpse into the World of Indian Dance.

Attendees enjoyed classical dance performances and a delicious meal, organised by the Global Lounge in collaboration with students Aditya Sharma and Deepa Lakshmi.

Showtime

Just under 200 people attended the Indian dance event, held in Anson Rooms in the Richmond Building on Thursday 6 Febraury. A free delicious, authentic Indian meal and refreshments were provided after the show which many stayed on to enjoy whilst socialising and chatting to the performers.

Aditya and Deepa showcased two very distinct and popular forms of Indian dance: Kathak and Bharatanatyam. Their performances were accompanied by their stories, which explained each dance and its cultural significance, presenting a modern, fresh and personal take on the traditional roots of Indian choreography.

Meet Deepa and Aditya

Aditya Sharma approached the Global Lounge to hold this event and, along with Deepa Lakshmi, curated their performances especially for the Global Lounge, putting much time and effort into the event.

Aditya Sharma is a senior Kathak dancer with eight years of experience. He is the founder and artistic director of Yatra Dance productions, a classical dance choreography unit in Bangalore. He is currently pursuing a Master’s in Management (Marketing).

Deepa Lakshmi is a senior Bharatanatyam artist from Chennai. She has been training in the discipline since the age of four and has received many accolades. Deepa is currently pursuing a Master’s in Law.

The elaborate performances and beautiful outfits made it an immersive and entertaining experience for the audience. The dancers carefully curated their technique and style to showcase the art form in a modern and exciting way, while maintaining the roots and traditions of the choreography, music and performances.

Speaking of the success of the event, Deepa and Aditya said:

“We did not expect this kind of reaction. We were very nervous; thinking, how are [the audience] going to bounce back to us, would they be able to relate to it – we didn’t know whether they would know the history about it or not. But it just shows that art, music, dance; you don’t need a lot of commonalities to understand it. If you have the music, your feet are going to start tapping, and you start dancing – so you don’t need to know the background to enjoy anything.”

A Glimpse into the World of Indian Dance from Global Lounge on Vimeo.

Festive Mingle – 18 December

Tis the season to be jolly! Get into the festive spirit at our Festive Mingle event, with free hot drinks, snacks and the chance to share your seasonal traditions with others.

 

 

 

Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, this is a great opportunity to meet new people and find out what activities you can get involved in while the university is closedExchange traditions with others and learn about how the holidays are celebrated in different cultures – whilst enjoying some nibbles of course!

We’ll be playing games and munching on festive treats (including Christmas pudding – yum!) and at 12.45 pm we’ll be going down to see the Carol Service organised by the Multifaith Chaplaincy – which is definitely worth the trip if you’ve never experienced a carol service before and will be sure to get you in the festive mood!

Staying in Bristol over the holidays? There is a Facebook Group which you can join to connect with other students and discover what things are going on over the Christmas break.  To see what services and support is available over the holiday period visit this web page: bristol.ac.uk/students/christmas-opening.

This event is run in collaboration with the SU Living Room – find out more by visiting the event page.

Festive Mingle – 16 December

Tis the season to be jolly! Get into the festive spirit at our Festive Mingle event, with free hot drinks, snacks and the chance to share your seasonal traditions with others.

 

 

Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, this is a great opportunity to meet new people and find out what activities you can get involved in while the university is closed 

We will be running crafts and games and you’ll have the chance to learn about how the holidays are celebrated in different cultures – whilst decorating a biscuit (or three) and enjoying some nibbles of course!

We’ll be crafting Christmas decorations, helping to put up a tree and giving some gingerbread biscuits the extra (sugar) factor with icing and edible glitter spray!

If you’ve not got the festive feels yet, this event will be sure to get you in the mood and give you a chance to meet some new people at the same time.

Staying in Bristol over the holidays? There is a Facebook Group which you can join to connect with other students and discover what things are going on over the Christmas break.  To see what services and support is available over the holiday period visit this web page: bristol.ac.uk/students/christmas-opening.

This event is run in collaboration with the SU Living Room – find out more by visiting the event page.