DIY Face Paint: Sugar Skull

by Amy Lee

Learn how to turn your kid into this gorgeous calavera Catrina!

The Catrina was created by Mexican artist José Guadalupe Posada in the early 1900s as a social satire about politics during that chapter of Mexico's history. The calavera Catrina has since become a popular symbol of Mexico's Day of the Dead, a spiritual and joyful holiday celebration of those who have passed on. It's a beautiful tradition to honor ancestors and pay homage to the past. Day of the Dead is celebrated during the first two days of November, coinciding with All Saints and All Souls Days.

Families create altars in their homes in memory of their deceased loved ones, filled with items belonging to their loved ones, sugar skulls, and foods that the people loved during their lives. And they often also adorn gravesites and gather in cemeteries to honor the dead.

Although this traditional design in the form of face painting is intended to be part of Day of the Dead celebrations, it has become increasingly popular in the United States and is commonly associated with Halloween, although it is not related. Nonetheless, it's a fun way to teach your kids about this beautiful Mexican tradition.

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