Perfect for a Masquarade party, or Day of the Dead celebrations.
Lightweight mask, measures approx 17cm
Day of the Dead Día de Muertos
The original Festival, which is said to go back as far as 3000 years, was in celebration of the goddess of the dead, La Calavera Catrina, a female with a skeleton face.
Today, Day of the Dead is a 3 day festival celebrated in Mexico from the 31st Oct - 2nd Nov. It coincides with Halloween, Samhain, All Soul's, and All Saint’s Day. It is a celebration in honour of deceased loved ones. At midnight on the 31st October, the spirits of deceased children are said to reunite with their families, followed by the spirits of the adults the following day. It is a time when the dead are remembered, graves visited, and a time for families.
Sugar skulls are made to represent a departed soul, they have the name of the departed written on the forehead, and are then placed in the home or gravestone to honour the return of their spirit.
In Mexico there was an abundance of sugar, so the people would make skulls from sugar.