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Calaveras de Azúcar

Día de Muertos or Day of the Dead is a two day long celebration that occurs in Mexico on November 1st and 2nd. During this time, the Mexican people celebrate and remember their loved ones who have passed away. 1,062 more words


'why, what lovely cheekbones you have...'

Drawing faces from photos, I soon realised that a flat image can lead to some unfortunate distortions. Family members lovingly realised, turned into unintentional caricatures ripe for political slander in some daily journo wrap. 25 more words


Sugar Skulls' status in popular culture: What is their meaning and where do they originate from?

Lately, I’ve noticed the growing popularity of skulls and sugar skulls in Western culture – you can find them in all shapes and sizes plastered all over t-shirts, as ornaments in jewelry, illustrated in graffiti or tattooed on someone’s arm. 560 more words


Que no muera la tradición.

Andando la noche de muertos y flores, en el camposanto fuego y en la tumba cenando pollito con mole, la distancia no importa, hablamos el mismo lenguaje, esperamos la misma cosa, esa que el espíritu ofrece al pasar por el camino a Mictlán.  491 more words


Countdown to Halloween, Day 21: Day of the Dead

Yes, yes. I know that the Day of the Dead  is an entirely separate holiday from Halloween, celebrated in fact on the day after Halloween (because they just can’t get enough of the dead down in Mexico). 127 more words

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Visita a la Demostración de Calaveras de Azúcar

El pasado 1 de noviembre fui al Museo Nacional de Arte Mexicano por una asignación del periodico. Tenía que escribir sobre la demostración de calaveritas de azúcar que la familia Mondragón hace cada año ahí. 614 more words


Calaveras de Azúcar

We decorated sugar skulls today with our friends.  Dia de los Muertos is approaching quickly so we’ve been digging out the photos, and the candles, and yes, making some sugar skulls. 130 more words