The Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) has always fascinated me. It’s a colorful celebration and a festive way to remember loved ones who have passed. The elaborate offerings of food, sweets and flowers are beautiful, taking months of preparation. One of the centerpieces of such offerings are sugar skulls. I’ve seen these colorful creations and the various incarnations of the art adorning them, but never fully investigated their significance until now.
Do you eat them? How do you make them? If you are lucky enough to have a local celebration you can make and decorate your own skull, but if not, don’t worry, mexicansugarskull.com has you covered. Their site has everything you need to make your own sugar skulls. Ingredients, recipes, molds, how-tos and all manner of decorations and inspiration for your own Day of the Dead celebration can be found there.
“Sugar Skulls are a traditional folk art from Southern Mexico used to celebrate Day of the Dead. Mounds of colorful sugar skulls are sold by Indian vendors in open air village markets during the week preceding the holiday. Spirits of the dead are welcomed back to their homes with beautifully decorated altars made by their loved ones. Sugar skulls, marigolds, candles, incense and special foods adorn home altars.”
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