Dia de los Muertos

I have always been in awe of the beautiful and scary skulls that seem to be everywhere during the week of Halloween (Oct 31) and Dia de los Muertos (Nov 1 & 2). But did you know the history behind them? I didn’t! The most recognized skull on Dia de los Muertos is the Calavera Catrins. The image we are familiar with today and all over social media was originated by Jose Guadalupe Posada, a Mexican Artist who depicted a fancy female skeleton as a dig against the Europhile Mexican elite during the Porfirio Diaz dictatorship. The image became an icon of the Mexican Revolution at the beginning of the twentieth century.

Never has anything so scary looked so beautiful to me. What caught my interest aside from the gorgeous and intricate face painting is the significant difference between Dia de los Muertos and Halloween. Dia de los Muertos is a day to celebrate death or, more specifically, those who are deceased while with Halloween death is feared and created as something to be afraid of. I like the idea of a celebration of those who have passed. I love how this holiday paints the imagery of death as something beautiful. Just a little something to think about this week. Celebrate life, those who have passed, and the beauty that surround the two.

Face painting by Kate Miller @kletourn

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