Day of the Dead Altar

AAFSW cordially invites you on Friday, November 6 at 11:.30 am, to a fascinating exhibition at the Mexican Cultural Institute’s annual Day of the Dead Altar, one of Mexico’s most famous events. This well-known community event features an intricate altar.

This year’s Day of the Dead Altar is dedicated to editor, writer, diplomat and cultural promoter Juan García de Oteyza, son of writer Juan García Ponce. The Mexican Cultural Institute laments the early loss of such a great man, and are honored to dedicate the 2013 Altar to his remembrance. As a cultural attaché, Juan served as the director of both the Mexican Cultural Institute in DC (2007-2008) and New York (1996-2000), providing invaluable leadership to Mexico’s cultural promotion here in the United States. His expertise and warmth will be dearly missed.

We will also have a guided tour of DE PEREGRINA A PEREGRINA, an exhibit created by Mónica Guerrero Mouret that highlights the annual pilgrimage taken by thousands to the Basilica of the Virgin of Guadalupe in Mexico City. The images tell a story of motivation beyond religious belief; they show a pilgrimage born from tradition that has evolved over hundreds of years and is now an identifying aspect of Mexican Culture.

RSVP by Wednesday, November 4, to AAFSW at or call 703-820-5420. We will meet at the Mexican Cultural Institute, located at 2829 16th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009.