Friday, November 2, 2007

On November 2, ..

... 2007 (today), is marked the end of the holidays known among persons of Mexican heritage as Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, yet celebrated under other names in numerous other cultures. As with Halloween and its ancestor, Samhain, this festival recalls those who are dead; in this case, a cause for celebrations, at cemeteries and at in-home altars inhabited by La Catrina, the Lady of the Dead (left), and other skeleton figures. Tastiest treat: the sugar skull. (photo credit of sculpture by Carlos Soteno, Mexico (2004))
... 2001, the Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage was adopted at a meeting in Paris of the General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. It's designed to strengthen protection of, as stated in Art. 1,
all traces of human existence having a cultural, historical or archaeological character which have been partially or totally under water, periodically or continuously, for at least 100 years,
including buildings, prehistoric objects, and sunken subs like that at right. The UNESCO treaty will not enter into force until 5 more countries join the 15 states parties so far: Bulgaria, Croatia, Ecuador, Lebanon, Libya, Lithuania, Mexico, Nigeria, Panama, Paraguay, Portugal, Romania, St. Lucia, Spain, and Ukraine.

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