As well as the impending Western festival of Halloween, the traditional Mexican celebration of ‘Dia de los Muertos’ is also creeping up on us.
Celebrated on November 1 & 2, the Day of the Dead is a yearly holiday for remembering and honouring the departed. During this time, which is acknowledged as Mexico’s most important holiday, the dead are said to come back to earth to celebrate with the living, culminating in a huge street party for the whole town. Graveyards, usually notable for their silence, are filled with families coming to spruce up the graves of their loved ones, and musicians wander among the tombstones playing music and transforming the atmosphere from freaky to fun.
Many people across the globe are familiar with the iconic motif of the sugar skull, or ‘calaveras de azucar’ as they are known in Mexico, which are sold everywhere in the weeks leading up to the Day of the Dead. These sugary treats are given as gifts for both the living and the dead and, just like the rest of the festival, are vibrant and colourful, and come adorned with glitter, feathers and sequins.
We love these Sugar Skull cushion covers from Alhambra Home, which come in a range of bold and bright designs. Priced at just £14.50 (plus p&p), they’re the perfect thing to brighten up a grey day.
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