Dia de Muertos (Day of the dead) is probably one of the best examples of the vast cultural heritage Mexico has to offer.
The celebration occurs the 1st and 2nd of November of each year (1st to celebrate children's souls, 2nd to celebrate adult ones)
The meaning of this celebrations is quite simple: to celebrate and honor our loved ones that have departed this world. It is a great time for the family to gather and reminisce about the good old times enjoyed with our lost ones.
The popular belief is that during the night time the spirit of our loved ones return to indulge in their favorite food and drinks they enjoyed when they were alive, so is important to set up an ofrenda (offering) that normally consists of: food, drinks, yellow and orange flowers as well as a picture of the people we want to remember. There are also candles lit to help the souls find the right path.
As we celebrate this day we also indulge in by creating the famous Pan de Muerto, a delicious bread made with brown or red sugar with bone shapes (Here is the link for the recipe: https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/day-dead-bread). Another great treat are skulls made out of sugar.
Mexican culture has quite a cheeky side to it, we like to make jokes about every good and not so good situation.... and death is no exception.
So basically this is why you see a lot of Catrinas (a skull representing a high society lady) to make us remember that death comes to anyone regardless of your situation rich, poor, young or old.
Here at Casa Color we currently have a great selection of skulls for you to use as part of your home decor and of course to make you celebrate and remember the special people in your life that has left this world. Check them out in the Home Decor collection