As many of you know, the Day of the Dead has recently passed. It is a huge celebration in my country, the day we chose to remember and celebrate our loved ones that have gone too soon. Even if we remember them every day, this day is special, mostly because we remember them music, parties, laughs, amazing food and a great time, with the happiness they deserved.
This day has become worldwide famous because of the traditional skull/Catrina makeup, with those amazing colors and designs, but it has even more to it.
|Hanal Pixán's altar. Took from this page.|
In other states, people go to the cemetery and have parties, other people spend their nights taking the bones out of the graves and cleaning them, but where I live, we have the Hanal Pixán, a Mayan tradition that means “Food of the souls”, we make an altar, where we put the pictures of our deceased loved ones, and we put their favorite things, such as food, including fruit, hot chocolate, candy, toys if they were kids, cigars if they used to smoke, and many candles, because, as it is believed, they come from the beyond and eat and drink from the altar, and the candles illuminate their way so they don’t get lost.
The girl in the pictures is one of my best friends, she asked me to do her makeup for a photoshoot and we did a traditional Catrina makeup, not an actual sugar skull, since these last ones are the ones inspired on the Catrina, a popular symbol of The Death, created by José Guadalupe Posada and named by Diego Rivera. The Catrinas were actually made for satire newspapers, which criticized Mexico’s social and economic situation, they represented the political mistakes, misery and social hypocrisy.
I was really inspired to write this post, see how fascinating and deep a culture can be, and how different are all of them, it makes me feel more alive and in love with my country. I hope you enjoyed this post, see you soon in my next one!