Sometimes we forget the magic, and history behind holidays like Halloween, and the Mexican Dia de los Muertos. It has never been about candy, the devil, or dressing up as the latest pop culture icon – rather, it is a very spiritual holiday where we celebrate those who have passed.
Dia de los Muertos, in particular, is a very family oriented day. Friends and family gather, they cook the favorite foods of the deceased, and choose one or two of their prized possessions to present to their grave. The holiday is celebrated on November 1, and many other countries around the world have a similar celebration on this day.
Another common tradition on this day is to paint your face to resemble a skull, or calaveras. In both Latin and European history, skulls and skeletons depicted in artwork symbolized ‘remembering death.’ The painted faces are a tribute to the dead.
We have put together a few of our favorite images of the calaveras, and festivities on Dia de los Muertos.