Around 30,000 people will participate in a procession of Catrinas organized by Mega Body Paint, a civil organization that seeks to rescue Mexican traditions and the promotion of the cultural roots through the unique event.
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The president of Mega Body Paint Mexico, Jessica Esquivias, explained that on October 22, around 200 artists will begin the task of painting the faces of people in Mexico City at the Angel of Independence, all with the theme of The Catrinas.
According to a publication of the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), Catrinas are one of the icons that represent the Mexican view of death and are associated with the celebration of the Day of the Dead.
The organizer detailed that four years of celebrating this elegant procession continues to seek resources to continue promoting a part of Mexican culture, so that the face painting will have a fee starting at $100 pesos to support the artists and to pay the expenses of the event.
As for the artists who will participate in this edition, he said that aspects of speed and good work were considered, because, it is expected that around 30,000 people will paint their faces with the traditional Catrinas developed a little more than a hundred years ago by artist José Guadalupe Posadas.
The founder of the civil association that started in 2014, explained that to carry out an event of this nature requires significant efforts since tables, tents, water and food are required for the artists, as well as materials, so they seek the help from socially responsible companies to meet the expenses.
As for the fee for face painting, he explained that it is significant because the artists are face paint professionals, “it is a small fee, we do the work professionally and creatively precisely because we want to recover our traditions, so we ask for the support of the people. “