Colombia pays tribute to author Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Colombia is paying tribute to its most celebrated author, Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who died on Thursday aged 87.

President Juan Manuel Santos will lead a ceremony in Bogota’s cathedral which is expected to be attended by the author’s sisters, the BBC reports.

On Monday, a formal commemoration in honour of Garcia Marquez was held in Mexico City, where the author lived.

He was cremated in a private family ceremony last week.

Family members have not yet revealed what they intend to do with his ashes.

There have been suggestions that they may be divided between his birth country and Mexico, his home for several decades.

Organisers said although the event would be held in Bogota’s cathedral on Bolivar Square, it would not be of a religious nature.

The National Symphonic Orchestra will play Mozart’s Requiem and there will be performances by singers from the Saint Cecilia Choral Society.

The ceremony will be broadcast live on state television and radio.

On Wednesday – to coincide with World Book Day – Colombians will further remember Garcia Marquez by organizing readings of his novella No One Writes to the Colonel at more than 1,000 libraries, parks, universities and schools.

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