Growing up in New York City, I had never seen a celebration for the Day of the Dead or a seen a Catrina. I had never heard of celebrating the holiday in a colorful, celebratory way. For me, it was a somber day. If we were ever in Ecuador we went to the cemetery on that day. It was a day to remember, but not to party, or dress up.
Truthfully, when I first heard of and saw colorful El Día de los Muertos celebrations, I was a little taken a back–the celebrations just seemed too colorful for me, and I didn’t understand why skulls or skeletons were being used in such a festive fashion.
So this year I wanted to learn more about the way this holiday is celebrated in Mexico. So I did a bit of research and wrote this post on DLG Media. The most amazing thing to me is that in Mexico, it’s a day where you celebrate loved ones’ lives by celebrating, not by being sad. If you think about it, that’s a wonderful way to honor loved ones’ that have passed.
I got together with my favorite face painter The Cheeky Chipmunk, Lenore Koppelman, and one of my blogging bestie Lisa Quinones-Fontanez and we had an evening of cupcakes and face painting.
The Catrina is meant to make light of death and show that in death everyone is equal- we all end up as a skeleton, no matter how rich or poor we are.
Check out the final product:
If you are interested in booking Lenore Koppelman, head over to The Cheeky Chipmunk.
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