Day of the Dead or “Día de los Muertos” is a holiday celebrated in central and southern Mexico during the chilly days of November 1st & 2nd. Even though this coincides with the Catholic holiday called All Soul’s & All Saint’s Day, the indigenous people have combined this with their own ancient beliefs of honoring their deceased loved ones.
They believe that the gates of heaven are opened at midnight on October 31, and the spirits of all deceased children (angelitos) are allowed to reunite with their families for 24 hours. On November 2, the spirits of the adults come down to enjoy the festivities that are prepared for them.
Angela from Mexican Sugar Skull.com says it best
“It is a wonderful way to celebrate the memories of our loved ones who are now gone… through art, cooking, music, building ofrendas, doing activities with our children, we can recount family stories, fun times and lessons learned… not how the person died, but how they lived.”
Sugar skulls date back to the Colonial period in Mexico where they represented a departed soul. Skulls were personalized with names written in icing by the market salesperson. Skulls adorn home altars and cemetery tombs and are a festive icon of the holiday! Boiled sugar that is molded in clay skull molds are the norm but the few that decorate in fine detail take center stage. Sugar skulls are to be kept as folk art - not to be eaten.
Sugar skull making is a tradition that passed on from generation to generation. These boiled sugar confections are considered true folk art, made by artisans in fewer and fewer places each year.
If kept dry, they look beautiful for years!
Here at collage we'd like to help people keep this tradition alive by providing Sugar Skull Molds at all of our supply stores!
Be sure to call our collage stores to check current inventory...