DIA DE LOS MUERTOS
I've found a few new favorites this Halloween
one of them is the sugar skull, Day of the Dead costume makeup
we are seeing so much of.
Even though it is not related to Halloween, and is in fact more spiritual in nature,
you can't deny the beauty of this symbolic makeup
and the reference to the skull or death makes it all the more intriguing as a costume for Halloween
Love the contrast of the pretty vs. terrible
roses vs spider webs
and a nod to the skull
a little haunting
with a lot of color, symbols and flourishes
which have special meaning to those celebrating Dia de los Muertos, November 2nd.
The beautiful face painting is relatively new in this cultural celebration
the tradition was to wear skull masks
and to give and offer sugar skulls
the face painting has become popular in later years
and embraces the decoration of the sugar skulls withouth losing any of its important meaning
it is a remembrance of death
of those who are missed
by Sylvia Ji
and of overcoming the fear of death.
flowers are important and lead the beloved deceased back with their scent
Marigolds were the flowers most chosen because of their strong scent
but the art usually depicts roses - they are more beautiful
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by Daniel Esparza
flower petals are depicted around the eyes
and the face is painted to depict a skull with eyes and nose blacked out
and teeth represented by lines on the mouth
the earliest depiction of the beautiful lady as skull "La Katrina"
was in 1913 depicting that even beauty, power and wealth cannot escape death
in 1913 Katrina was depicted bald beneath her large hat,
but I kind of like the skeleton with 'big hair' look
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[I know this is a very brief, simplified, condensed version - just to make you want to learn more :)
Google Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead to find out more.]
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the makeup is a little scary sometimes
what's your favorite look this Halloween?