La Catrina

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To many north of the border, the phrase “Day of the Dead” might evoke notions of zombies, but “Dia de los Muertos” has beautiful and complex celebrations. Part of the celebration is to put up an altar with pictures of their departed loved ones, marigolds, candles, pan de muerto, Buñuelos, crosses, Concha Bread, etc.

Día de Muertos ain't Halloween

The elegantly attired female figure is part of this celebration. La Catrina’s origin runs deep from the indigenous traditions of Mexican culture that have their roots in Aztec reverence for and worship of the dead.

La Catrina also joins the party

La Catrina makeup and costumes are everywhere during the Day of the Dead celebrations as women want to adopt her look. You know, the very tall female skeleton attired in her elegant long dress, fancy shoes, and her elaborate feathered hat.

La Catrina costumes are everywhere

Fast-forward to Diego Rivera, the famous artist, and husband of Frida Kahlo, immortalized La Catrina in his 15-foot mural,  giving her that fashionable dress and flamboyant feathered hat which she is famous for today.

The famous Catrina

The Catrina became the dominant symbol for a whole host of Día de los Muertos activities and celebrations. Learn more about her and the Day of the Dead here.                    👇👇👇👇👇

La Catrina

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