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La Catrina: Day of the Dead Emblems

Updated: Jul 2, 2021

Acapulco, Mexico 🇲🇽

The Day of The Dead in Mexico City is a sight to behold, in and of itself. The vast amounts of color and respect that the Mexicans have for their deceased loved ones shows the world that the 1st of November shouldn't always be about Trick-or-Treating and horror films. Instead, it should be about a day to celebrate our time with them above all else.

For the observer, it might look like a weird tradition in and of itself. But to everyone else, the Mexican tradition of the Day of the Dead is exactly what it is: a celebration, a way for the living to connect with our loved ones that left us at an unfortunate time.

The Calavera Catrinas aren't just a representation of the dead; it's a sign that everyone respects and sees everyone equally, no matter who they were or what they once did.

The symbolism of the Mexican skull as we know it today comes from an ancestral tradition already practiced by the Incas, Aztecs and Mayans, who kept the skulls of their deceased loved ones as a trophy and a reminder of the life lived by the deceased. The skull was the part of the skeleton that they chose to keep because the head was considered the most important part of the body, the one that contained the memories. Thus, the Mexican skull is associated not with death, as in most countries, but with life.

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