Day of the Dead

Some believe that the veil between this realm and the next is at its thinnest during special times of the year. And we are coming up on one that is celebrated many ways around the world! It is believed that this is the best time to spend with deceased ancestors.

The Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is an annual Mexican celebration. It is a time of beautiful traditions when family and friends gather to remember and commune with the departed.

Unlike some cultures that think of a visit to the cemetery a solemn affair, this is not a time of solitary reflection but an occasion of joyous remembrance and festivity. It is shared with the souls of departed loved ones, young and old, human and animal, who return to the world of the living.

Some traditions during this time include brightly colored decorations, skull decorations, sugar skulls, Candles, and of course food and drink! I will be sharing some of these as activities over the next 2 weeks during my Coloring Event!

If you are on facebook be sure to mark yourself attending at the event here. (facebook participation not required)

Why I chose a Skull Theme

My father would always DIG this time of year. He also enjoyed the coolest skeleton artwork. I thought it would be fun to honor him by doing a sugar skull theme event.

The practice of making sugar skulls for the ofrenda would make a fun coloring contest! Traditionally when making sugar skulls a person would write the name of their deceased loved one on the forehead and then decorate it with bright & happy colors.

For this event I have provided a blank skull template that you can design! Decorate the blank skull with elements that represent someone you care about. (It is ok if you want to create one for someone still living. or even yourself. Animals too!)

You also have the option to color in the Pops Sugar Skull page that I designed for honoring my dad.

I have some fun crafting activities I will be doing with my two girls to teach them about the traditions and ideas that surround this time of year. And you can join along!

We will learn how to make:

  • skull masks,
  • decorative paper flowers,
  • sugar skulls,
  • And more!

Be sure to check back over the next couples of weeks for some #LeeLoFun!

Download the coloring pages

A calavera [plural: calaveras] (Spanish – pronounced [kalaˈβeɾa] for “skull”) is a representation of a human skull.