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Gabo’s remains were cremated in private

A couple of banners with the picture of late Colombian Nobel Prize laureate García Márquez are seen at the entrance of the Bellas Artes palace in Mexico City.

Many ceremonies and tributes to be held in Mexico and Colombia

Mexico National Council of Culture and Arts Conaculta confirmed yesterday that the remains of Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez were cremated in private as requested by the author’s family. The 87-year-old Nobel prize laurate died on Thursday.

The final resting place for the ashes of García Márquez remains a mistery, after Colombia’s ambassador to Mexico José Gabriel Ortiz said on Saturday that “Colombians from President Juan Manuel Santos on down would like to see the remains divided between Mexico and Colombia.” However, the family so far has not revealed its wishes.

A tribute to honour Gabo is to be paid today at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico, which is considered the major cultural venue of the country. This will be the first time a non-Mexican person is honoured at that special venue.

Colombian president Santos confirmed on Twitter that he will attend the ceremony along a delegation which includes his wife María Clemencia Rodríguez. Mexican president Enrique Peña Nie-to will also be present.

A formal and religious ceremony is to take place at the Primate Cathedral of Bogotá tomorrow. Colombian National Symphonic Orchestra will play Mozart’s Requiem. The ceremony willl be aired by radio and television.

Different cultural performances honouring García Márquez began yesterday in Bogotá and Aracataca, where the writer was born on March 6, 1927.

Colombian Culture minister suggested the people to held a massive reading of No One Writes to the Colonel. It is expected that to commemorate the Language Day on Wednesday people all over Colombia will simultaneously read passages of that book in the different libraries.

Santos decreed national mourning for three days (starting last Thursday), while Aracataca’s mayor office decreed five days of mourn.

Lots of people arrived to Aracataca in the last hours to place yellow and white flowers at the entrance of the house where García Márquez was raised.

Herald with Télam

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