The Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, is a holiday that is celebrated around the world, particularly in Mexico and Latin America. It all started hundreds of years ago as an Aztec tradition. This holiday celebrates family and friends who are both alive and deceased.
Traditions that go along with the holiday include painting your face like a Catrina (beautiful skeleton woman), and building alters and leaving offerings (ofrendas) in your home and at the cemetery. These alters can contain flowers, statues of the Virgin Mary, decorative skull candy, the favorite foods of the deceased, tequila, toys, photos, and mementos. This is meant to encourage visits by the souls in hopes that they hear the special prayers sent their way. Along with prayers people will share funny stories and memories of the departed. While visiting the grave people dance and sing, hoping to be loud enough to wake the dead.
Although the Day of the Dead is this week, it’s important to remember those who have departed every single day. Custom photo or name jewelry is a beautiful way to memorialize someone forever. Every time you look at the piece, you will remember that special person. Wearing awesome sugar skull belly rings, plugs, and earrings are another way to celebrate this holiday in style. You can also create your alter on your body by wearing food, drink, religious icon, or flower themed jewelry, along with popular sugar skull makeup to complete your look.