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Understanding El Dia de los Muertos and Becoming Catrina

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.

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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.

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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.

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Check out the final product:

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If you are interested in booking Lenore Koppelman, head over to The Cheeky Chipmunk.

CHECK OUT THESE FUN PARTY IDEAS FOR DIA DE LOS MUERTOS

CHECK OUT THESE CUPCAKE TOPPERS FOR DIA DE LOS MUERTOS

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Diana Limongi
welcome! I'm a Latina working mom from Astoria, NY, mom to a trilingual four-year old. I blog about motherhood, Latino issues, women's issues, work/life balance, food, parenting and raising my multilingual and multicultural son!

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