While we were there, the people of Mexico were gearing up for their annual Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebrations.
It’s an annual event that can be traced back to before the Spanish invasion and involves time spent at the gravesides of their dear departed.
They honour their ancestors and – l think – remind themselves that to dust we must all return – with feasting and music.
However, the strangest fact l picked up while in Mexico City was how James Bond had added a new ‘tradition’ to this age-old ceremony.
Thos who saw Spectre – released in 2015 – will remember that Bond (Daniel Craig) makes his way through Mexico City’s Day of the Dead processional celebrations in the opening scene.
The whole scene was choreographed for the movie – and was not an actual event – however, the scene has such an impact that the Mayor of Mexico City decreed that such a carnival procession would be arranged each year – as part of the annual ceremonies.
Amazing to see how fiction becomes fact, and sorry we came home before the event, but only had a limited time slot.