If you haven’t heard about this iconic holiday, you’re in for a treat! Rich in history that’s both vibrant and interesting,
What countries celebrate Day of The Dead?
The Day of the Dead (often called Dia de los Muertos) is a holiday observed in Mexico and areas with large Mexican populations.
Why is the Day of The Dead important?
Family and friends gather to reminisce and pray for loved ones who have passed on, firmly believing this will help them on their spiritual journey.
Day of The Dead history: Dia de Los Muertos origin
The Day Of The Dead took place at the start of the summer in the 16th century, pre-Spanish colonization.
Dia de Los Muertos History
However, over time, it began to coincide with the western holidays All Saints’ Eve, All Saints’ Day, and All Souls’ Day.
How did Day of The Dead start?
Day of The Dead (Día de Los Muertos) started long ago with the native people dominant in Mexico before the Spanish conquest. They celebrated the return of their dead relatives and friends on a specific day.
They celebrated it skipping the first year of death of someone as they believed that it takes complete one year for the passed on relative to reach the heavens before they can return.
How is the Day of The Dead celebrated?
Among the traditions observed during The Day of The Dead are building altars, preparing favorite food and drink, and visiting the graves of departed loved ones with these gifts. In modern-day celebrations, expect to see people wearing Day of The Dead skull masks (called calacas) and dancing in honor of their dead relatives or friends.
Day of the Dead clothing history: What do sugar skulls represent?
While these skull masks have always been popular, in the 1910s, a noted illustrator, Jose Guadalupe Posada, made fun of the upper classes of Mexico by drawing La Calavera Catrina. It was a zinc etching of a skeleton dressed in an expensive hat that fast became a part of the Day of The Dead festivities.
Women dress up as La Catrina in long flowy dresses, crowns of flowers, and sugar skull masks.
The sugar skull motifs extend into different items of clothing and accessories, but the mask is what stands out. Decorated with roses and other floral prints, these sugar skull masks come in bright hues and will elevate any outfit!
The fashion extends to men, too, with couples often wearing matching masks.
The masks themselves are designed and made with a resin plaster and are embellished with glitter, acrylic glue, and paint. They also come in both half and full-faced vibrant skull candy masks.
The pieces for women have matching ribbons to tie across your head and some varieties also include trims and veils. What’s more?
Look out for our exquisite headpieces such as headbands with veils and crowns of red roses attached, hairpieces with flower circlets, velvet hats with skull motifs, feathers, and more. The end result: effectively uplifting your Day of The Dead look and standing out in the crowd.