+4 Celebration!

Colourful rituals

Celebration! is a true feast for all the senses as it takes you through the various traditions around the world in celebration of life's rites of passage. The exhibition features a unique mixture of festive objects from various museum collections in an original decor with an exceptional soundtrack. So come along and get swept away by the new exhibition at the MAS.

At the Celebration! exhibition you will be immersed in the colourful traditions in celebration of life's different rites of passage. Whether it's a christening, wedding, graduation, funeral, adulthood … we tend to get together and celebrate. And in doing so we can sometimes overstep our boundaries with serious consequences.

Indeed, we have all heard of the giants' parade, the Antwerp Pride and the feast of Chrysostomos, also known as the last 100 days at school. However, the exhibition also reveals how the Hindu community launches Ganesha out onto the water in honour of their god; how the Brazilian Ticuna Indians base their most important celebration on young girls' first menstruation or how Mexicans remember their dead during Dia de Los Muertos.

The celebration wouldn't be complete without the exhibition's unique soundtrack, especially compiled by contemporary artists such as Coely and Pomrad. We'll also regularly be playing the sounds of nostalgic music on the Decap dance and fair organs around the dance floor. Feel free to get on down.

A selection of some of the festivals that are being offered:

Antwerp Pride

Antwerp Pride is a multi-day festival event in Antwerp that was organised for the first time in 2008. The festival runs for one week and consists of various activities for gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transgenders and those sympathetic to their lifestyles. The icing on the cake is the parade itself, a festive and colourful performance with floats that travel through the centre of the city.

In 2018, the Antwerp Pride event takes place from 8 up to and including 12 August.

More info: www.antwerppride.be

Día de Los Muertos

On 1 and 2 November, Mexicans all around the globe celebrate Día de Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. Along with friends and family, they remember those who have died by decorating cemeteries and building colourful altars in their living rooms. Those celebrating the festival believe that the soul of the deceased returns on that day. They place food and drinks on the altars so that the soul can gather strength for the new year. Candles, small lights, flowers and incense help the dead to find their way back.

In 2008, Día de Los Muertos was added to the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO, and since 2012 the festival is also celebrated annually in the MAS!

Ganesha-festival

The Ganesha festival is originally a Hindu celebration, but in the meantime has become known around the world. The festival takes place in honour of Ganesha, the elephant-headed son of Shiva and Parvati, whom is worshipped in many places as the god of wisdom, prosperity and good luck. The Hindus revere him and ask for an auspicious outcome for all new life activities such as studies, business affairs or marriages. The Hindu community in Antwerp also celebrates the Ganesha festival each year with a parade through the city and by throwing a large, plaster elephant head into the Scheldt river.

The Ganesha festival begins every year on the fourth day of the waxing moon (some time between 20 August and 15 September) and lasts for about ten days.  In 2018 the Ganesha festival starts on 13 September.

 

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