Día de los Muertos, Day of the Dead
Mexican and Latino masks were worn during ceremonial rituals thousands of years before the Spanish conquest. Many masks represented animal spirits and Gods for religious worship.
All Souls Day or Aztec and Latino Mexican crafts for fun child learning activity. Celebrations such as Día de los Muertos express the influence of the blending of pre-Hispanic deities with Christian saints brought to the Americas by Spanish priests who sought to convert the indigenous natives to Christianity. The mixture of cultures brought about completely new religious traditions over a period of several hundred years.
Skeletons and Skulls
November 2nd is Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de los Muertos) or All Souls´ Day when it is believed dead relatives return from their resting places to visit their loved ones. This celebration seems macabre and creepy but is in fact a happy and colorful celebration and Mexico's most important religious holiday. The holiday originated way back in Aztec times when they held festivals dedicated to the goddess Mictecacihuatl who watches over the bones of the dead. This is the day when entire families visit cemeteries and churches bringing with them with flowers, candles, and prayer to reinforce the solidarity between living and dead persons.
Death head masks are usually decorated with bright colors and fantastic designs. Calaveras are colorfully decorated sugar skulls that are made both to adorn altars and to be eaten on the Day of the Dead.
Calaca skulls and skeletons wear festive clothing with flowery hats decorated with marigold flowers and foliage and are usually shown, dancing, and playing musical instruments.