Thursday, October 29, 2009
My teenage daughter Shelby came home from school today annoucing she had learned all about
Day of the Dead in her Spanish class which we had just also learned about on our trip to Disneyland a few weeks ago. She decided she wanted to make these traditional Sugar Skulls
for our Halloween Celebration. Well here they are! And here we are making them!
It was quite fun and really neat that my "teenager" wanted to make them! xoxo
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.
Families take the flowers and sugar skulls to the cemetery to decorate the tombs on November 2. Sugar skulls are colorfully decorated with icing, pieces of bright foil, colored sugars and usually bear the name of the deceased loved one being honored. They are easy to make by children and adults, and if kept dry, they can last a year.