Congratulations! During the celebration of the Day of the Dead, Zacatlán de las Manzanas, Puebla, broke the Guinness Record with the world’s largest bread catrina. The announcement was released on Wednesday, November 2.
As part of the Fair of the Dead, bakers from all over the region took on the task of producing 20,000 shells of different shades. With the shells of different shades, artisans formed the image of the catrina, which was decorated with candles and cempasuchil as a frame. In total, 20,689 shells were used in a space of 206.44 square meters.
The event was attended by Alfredo Arista Rueda, supervisor and official adjudicator for Guinness World Records, who made the announcement at the end of the event. It should be noted that one of the factors that influenced was the meticulous care that each of the shells measured 10 cm and weighed 50 grams.
In total, five bakers worked, who made the shells in 120 consecutive hours. They used cempasuchil to color the yellow shells, jamaica for the pink shells, totomoxtle for the black shells, and brown for the gray ones.
The largest bread catrina in the world will be exhibited in the municipal palace of Zacatlán until the end of November. Later, the bread will be used as feed for the livestock of the most disadvantaged communities. Meanwhile, the Zacatlán Bread Fair ends on November 22.
Zacatlán: the town that produced the bread catrina
This picturesque Magic Town is located in the northern mountains of the state of Puebla, so it is surrounded by ravines and capricious rock formations. In addition to its intense cultivation of aromatic apples and the production of ciders and sweets, Zacatlán is famous for its old Franciscan Conventual Complex and for its watchmaking tradition that dates back to the beginning of the last century, as well as for its dreamlike landscapes covered by fog.
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Its name derives from the words in Nahuatl, zácatl (grass), and tlan (place suffix) that mean “place where grasses abound”. It is also one of the largest producers of apples, which is why it is known as Zacatlán de las Manzanas.
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