Day of the Dead: Art and Decor
||Day of the Dead, or El Día de los Muertos, is a festival day in Mexico and other Latin countries, celebrating and honoring the lives of deceased relatives and friends. It takes place on November 1 and 2, the same day as the Catholic holidays All Saints and All Souls. It is celebrated by visiting the graves of loved ones and bringing the person’s favorite foods, drinks, and candy, along with sugar skulls and marigolds. Shrines to honor deceased loved ones are often made and displayed in the home. Another tradition is pan de muerto, or Bread of the Dead, a sweet loaf with bone shaped pieces on the top. Papier mache or other sculpture or paintings of skeletons in common occupations and activities (including children playing and pets) represent the deceased and also serve as a reminder that one day we will all die. Day of the Dead is a time to remember our connection to those who are gone, and to celebrate their lives and what they have meant to us. It’s also a time to dispel some of the fear of death and turn it into a festive celebration.
The fun and colorful imagery of Day of the Dead is very popular with Craftsters, whether it is part of their cultural background or not. The symbolism is universal and the colorful skulls, paper flowers and banners, and fun trinkets and candy are nearly irresistable. Here are just a few of our favorite Day of the Dead art and decor crafts. You can see lots more on the boards!
Are you decorating for Day of the Dead this year?