Wednesday, November 4, 2009


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Sunday, November 1, 2009

El Dia de los Muertos

The day of the dead is a celebration to remember those in our lives that have passed away. The holiday occurs on November 1st and 2nd. Some of the traditions include making private altars honoring the passed, making sugar skulls, using marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed, and visiting graves. Sometimes these gifts are also brought to the graves. It is believed that during this time it is easier for the souls of the departed to visit the living.

The Calavera, or Skull, is a common symbol of the holiday. It is made into masks, or out of chocolate or sugar. Sugar skulls can be given as gifts to both the living and the deceased.

So this year I thought it would be fun to make some sugar skull charms to celebrate. I still have a bunch left to decorate for next year, but here are the ones I have finished so far!

They are so tiny! Hand painting those designs are so much fun.

I hope to have a lot more pictures of the details on them soon. I just was too excited about sharing them and had to post them today. Enjoy!