Day of the Dead
I came to learn about Day of the Dead through my face painting in 2010. Also known as Dia de los Muertos, this holiday is celebrated throughout Mexico and by people of Mexican ancestry in other areas of the world including the United States. Family and friends gather to pray for and remember lost loved ones. Every fall the South Valley in Albuquerque, NM hosts a parade to honor the dead. People dress up in beautiful costumes and paint their faces to look like the dead. These face painting are referred to as Sugar Skulls or Calveras. They carry altars or ofrendas. Every year, we can remember and pray for them as part of this beautiful Mexican tradition that is now celebrated all over the world.
Many of my clients will talk about their past loved ones that they are honoring while I paint their faces. Some think that sugar skulls are a cool costume so I take the opportunity to educate them about Dia de los Muertos. Either way, I hope to honor this beautiful tradition through my face painting.
Below are some of the sugar skulls or calaveras that I have painted throughout the years.