Dia de los Muertos
Brief Day of the Dead Face History & Skull Face Painting Tutorial
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Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, originated in Mexico in indigenous communities as a time to celebrate family and friends who have passed on into the afterlife. It is celebrated on November 1st and 2nd in varying ways. It is believed that on November 1st at midnight children who have passed are allowed to reunite with their families. On November 2nd, adults reunite with their families. Traditionally, families will visit their loved ones where they are buried and will build altars to celebrate the deceased's life. These altars typically reflect pictures, favorite foods, fruits, flowers, pan de muerto, favorite items, and other items in memory. Even shots of mezcal are left for the adult spirits (YUM!). These ofrendas, or offerings, are believed to please the spirits and bring protection to the family.
So, why paint faces?
Some say that painting your face for this holiday tradition is a way to overcome your fear of death. We paint our faces because this holiday allows for us to feel closer to those who have passed. On these two days we are able to remember all of our loved ones and dress is festive attire to celebrate their lives.
TIP: There is no right or wrong way to paint your face, just make sure that it is colorful!
You can even pair your face painting in traditional Dia de los Muertos dress - that of El Catrin or La Catrina (Dapper Death and his dame). This means dressing dapper and fancy. :) We typically like to dress is bright and vibrant colors.
Check out this Wiki Article, 8 Way to Celebrate Dia de los Muertos and learn how else you can celebrate.
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