What it Means to Celebrate Day of the Dead – Plus! Sugar Skull Makeup

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The Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, is a Mexican holiday celebrated on November 1 and 2. It is believed that on The Day of the Dead, spirits of deceased family members return to earth to partake in the day’s festivities. The day includes a variety of traditional foods, including sugar skulls, or Calaveras, and special bread called pan de muerto. People celebrating the day also build and decorate altars in their homes for their loved ones with various offerings to the spirits including candy, food, beverages and other things their loved ones enjoyed in life. It is believed that if the spirits are made happy by what they are offered, they will give the family good luck and protection throughout the rest of the year.

In honor of The Day of the Dead, we tried our hand at a Calaveras face painting to show our appreciation for this important piece of Mexican culture.

Model: Sophia Babun

is an ex-aspiring-actress, but forever an undercover musical theater enthusiast. She graduated from Skidmore College with a B.A. in English and studied for a short while at the University of St. Andrews, where she basically lived in a castle (crossing that off her bucket list). Her interests include fashion, Victorian novels, music, and nonfiction writing.

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