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Day of the Dead & the Sugar Skull Tradition

What is the Day of the Dead?

Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de Muertos) is a Mexican holiday observed throughout Mexico and around the world in other cultures. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died.

 What is the meaning of a sugar skull?

Sugar skulls represented a departed soul, had the name written on the forehead and was placed on the home ofrenda or gravestone to honor the return of a particular spirit. Sugar skull art reflects the folk art style of big happy smiles, colorful icing and sparkly tin and glittery adornments.


Why is the Day of the Dead celebrated?

Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de Muertos) is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and around the world in other cultures. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died.


What occurs on the first day of El Dia de los Muertos?

LOS DIAS de LOS MUERTOS. Los Dias de los Muertos means Day of the Dead, but it is really a Mexican celebration of both life and death. Held on November 1st and 2nd, celebrants honor the spirit of family ancestors.

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