Saturday, August 4, 2012

Dia De Los Muertos and Calavera De Azucar (Sugar Skull) Appreciation

For every social networking site that I frequently visit Sugar Skulls are everywhere.
Tattoos, artworks, beautiful skull girls. They are really cool and fascinating to see. I've been a Sugar Skull fan since 2007. I love skulls, bones and everything associated with Halloween.


  Though we don't celebrate it in a big way in my country, we do have what we call as Todos Los Santos or "All Saint's Day". It's very much similar to Mexico's Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead). It's our cultural celebration for our dead ancestors.

Since Philippines is a Catholic country and is greatly inflenced by the Hispanic heritage,
those big holidays were both celebrated every November 1st. For Filipinos, All Saint's Day is all about commemorating our dead loved ones and people gather together at the cemetery,  and for November 2nd, we have All Soul's Day which means remembering the souls of the dead people. We have to light up some candles outside our house, in which I'm telling you is really freaky. It's dark everywhere in my neighborhood and you'll just see lighted candles.

For Mexicans,  November 1st is for honoring dead children and infants, whereas for dead adults, they are honored every November 2nd. Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead is a festival that is celebrated for a month and is believed to be dedicated for what they call as "Lady of the Dead" called "Catrina".

Representation of Catrina

 Modern Day Catrinas: Skull Girls

People at the festival were seen wearing skull painted faces, happily having a parade on the street. Others are decorating the tomb of their loved ones.



My favorite part of their culture is the Calavera de Azucar, or Sugar Skulls.
These are sweets that can be served as treats, and takes a lot of time to make. 

Sugar skulls represent a departed soul. The dead person's name should be written on the forehead and was placed on the home "ofrenda" or gravestone to honor the return of a particular spirit. Sugar skull art reflects the folk art style of big happy smiles, colorful icing and sparkly tin and glittery adornments. 

I ain't no Mexican but I really want to be a part of this festival. It looks really fun and I will surely enjoy everything that I might see and do there. I'm pretty sure I'll join them and paint my face!!

There's a strong resemblance and similarities between Philippines and Mexico, so I might feel really welcome though it's a foreign country. Not only that we are colonized by Spaniards hundred of years ago, but modern Filipinos use a few Spanish vocabulary as a part of our language. We do have our holy week too, and we celebrate Viernes Santo just like what Mexicans do.

My love for Sugar Skulls have definitely grown. I love Rockabilly, Psychobilly and Horrorbilly and now they are often associated with Sugar Skulls and Pin Up. Now that I'll be opening my own Vanity Store I really would include a touch of it, with a different meaning and representation. Skulls and Sugar Skull describes me best and I'm so inlove with it 
that I don't really care whatever people might think, and I definitely want this concept as part of my future business.**another fact is that can't think of names that will possibly not turn out to be cheesy and corny like dolls, unicorns, rainbows, raindrops or something** I need to toughen up a little!!! Not too girly please!!

I also would like to have my photos taken like these. I'm seeing photographers doing cute and uber sexy photoshoots for their models which I really hate. If they will ask me again to strike a pose with my cute fresh concept doing childish stuffs and holding teddy bears or balloons then in my honest opinion that is beautiful but definitely too gay for me and never in a million years will happen.

I heard that Pixar will make a movie which itself is entitled as Dia de los Muertos!!!!!!
Skulls and Sugar skulls will be everywhere as characters. Americans have different belief towards death than Mexicans, that's why they decided to make a movie for it, 
and I heard the story will be about family, and family ties. 

There's no definite date yet but it is believed to be released 4 years from now. 

Skulls are not Satanic or Demonic in nature. If a person adores them, it doesn't mean he or she is demonic too. It's how you see or perceive them. Skulls symbolize death and rebirth.

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