So, while you are in the middle of preparing your altars, making your sugar skulls, or baking your pan de muerto, you can check out our tips to help you get the perfect Day of the Dead look!
The Day of the Dead is one of the most popular annual festivals in Mexico celebrating the reunion of dead relatives with their families. On Nov. 1 ("Día de los Angelitos" — Day of the Little Angels) and Nov. 2 ("Día de los Muertos" — Day of the Dead), what might seem morbid is actually a time for celebrating babies and children first, and then honoring the deceased grown-ups.
For most Mexicans Dia de los Muertos is a good day for communication between the living and the dead. That is why every year all Mexican cemeteries are full of people at the beginning of November. Graves are specially decorated and people build sort of altars which include food, beverage and other objects dearest to the dead person.
Rituals celebrating the deceased go back in the Aztec civilization when both the deceased and Mictecacihuatl (the Lady of the Dead) were honored during these ancient times until Spanish arrived in the 1600s and brought the Christianity with them, converting the indigenous peoples to the new religious beliefs.
In order to make the native people more modifiable acceptable, local practices and holidays were merged with the Christian ones. However the traditional iconography was kept, which is why the skull is so identifiable with Day of the Dead.
Looking for a new idea for Day of the Dead? Take your Dia de los Muertos one step further this year with our brightly colored sugar skull fashion finds inspired by the Day of the Dead. Enjoy!
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