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Oh my goodness.  Have you seen these?  Luna & Curious sells these wonderfully intricate false eyelashes, apparently inspired by Chinese paper cutting.  I rather fancy the peacock set.

 

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SweetieCakeTopper's tropical ceramic skulls

¡Feliz Día de los Muertos! It’s the Mexican Day of the Dead, a celebration to honor the deceased.  American culture tends to treat death with fear and distance, so el Día de los Muertos is an interesting contrast.  Traditionally, families assemble altars with photographs, momentos, and food offerings.  They decorate the altars with marigold flowers, garlands of cut paper (called papel picado) and often objects of Catholic symbolism.  Families will take the time to remember those they have lost, often with humor and partying.  Another ritual is cleaning and decorating the graves of the dead.

While strangers to this holiday may find it macabre, it truly is a celebration.  Having a comfortable and positive relationship with death is a concept I find truly interesting.  Want to make your own Día de los Muertos party?

Here is a great Papel Picado how-to and stencil PDF.

A recipe for Pan de Muerto, a traditional sweet bread with anise and an orange glaze.

Check out the talented Etsy artists RawBoneStudios and SweetieCakeTopper for their skull products.

RawBoneStudio's Skull Garland

 

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