Sunday, November 1, 2015

La Calavera Catrina

Downey Día de Muertos skullsDowney Día de Muertos skulls

Today was the third annual Día de los Muertos Art Festival. Every year, it has grown in size and popularity.

Día de Muertos face paintingFace-painting, especially the skeletal look, plays a big role in the traditional
Día de Muertos activities. In the early 1900s, "José Guadalupe Posada created a famous print of a figure he called La Calavera Catrina ("The Elegant Skull") as a parody of a Mexican upper-class female. Posada's striking image of a costumed female with a skeleton face has become associated with the Day of the Dead, and Catrina figures often are a prominent part of modern Day of the Dead observances." (Wikipedia)

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