Calaveras Pintadas: The Day of the Dead, Mexico

By Sampath Menon

Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) is a Mexican holiday where families honour their dead ones, and welcome back their souls for a brief reunion that includes food, drink and celebration. A calavera is a representation of a human skull. It could be edible or decorative made from either sugar or clay. The photograph I made is that of decorative skulls (Calaveras Pintadas). Such skulls are used in the Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead. Families decorate their loved ones’ ofrendas (offerings) with both large and small handmade sugar skulls.


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