Mexican Sugar Skulls

The importance and tradition of the sugar skulls

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Mexican Sugar Skulls

Calaveritas (Sugar Skulls)

Calaveritas (Sugar Skulls)

Photo via Pixabay under the creative common license

Calaveritas (Sugar Skulls)

Photo via Pixabay under the creative common license

Photo via Pixabay under the creative common license

Calaveritas (Sugar Skulls)

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At the end of October and beginning of November, the Mexican culture celebrates the Day of the Dead. The families of the deceased decorate the altars with sugar skulls, which are a popular symbol and often used to decorate the gravestones of the deceased.

 These objects are called sugar skulls because they are made out of clay modeled sugar, decorated with colored beads, icing, and feathers. Families put the name of the deceased relative on the skull’s forehead and then put on the altar, accompanied by candles, food, and marigolds.

 The small skulls are placed on the altar on November 1st to represent children who have passed away, and the larger ones are placed on November 2nd to represent the deceased adults.    

 The tradition behind the skulls is that the Mexican families choose to celebrate the lives of their departed friends and relatives

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