Day of the Dead

Every year on the first and second of November is a colorful, festive celebration known as Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. I particularly love this holiday because of its bright colors, elaborate costumes, and art.
This two day festival originated in Mexico but has spread through much of Latin America and even to the United States. Believed that the dead would be insulted by mourning, this day is dedicated to honoring the dead with lively celebrations, food, music, dancing, etc.

This festival is commonly recognized by calacas and calaveras (skeletons and skulls). These calacas and calaveras are ornately decorated and can be found in many forms such as candies, masks, and dolls.

“Dia de los Muertos recognizes death as a natural part of the human experience, a continuum with birth, childhood, and growing up to become a contributing member of the community. On Dia de los Muertos, the dead are also a part of the community, awakened from their eternal sleep to share celebrations with their loved ones.”

We even have a large celebration here in Birmingham. This is the 13th year for the celebration and is sure to be exciting. It is held on 1st Avenue South and people are welcomed to come and enjoy the festivities and bring a memento of remembrance. You are also welcome to create your own altar in a large Public Alter Tent. To find out more go to their website here.

If you’re like me and can’t enjoy the festivities, here are a few cute ideas to do at home. Simply click on the picture to take you there.

Printable Day of the Dead Skulls via Design is Yay

Colorful Papel Picado via Wild Olive

Printable Skull Wreath via Handmade Charlotte

There is also a blank version of the wreath at Wild Olive if you would like to color it yourself or embroider it!

To make a flower headband (I love an excuse to wear flowers in my hair) look here and here.

This is not really meant as a Dead of the Dead DIY but the girls at A Beautiful Mess posted these today and wouldn’t they be the cutest for a Dia de los Muertos party?!

Have fun celebrating!

Reference: NatGeo

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