Artfully and accurately rendered in the tradition of Mexico's Day of the Dead, this set of whimsical, vividly costumed skeleton figures honors the departed. The unique bilingual collection features two paper dolls - Catrin and Catrina, 15 ornate costumes, a variety of altar or ofrenda offerings and a very special set of Day of the Dead Stickers.
The Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) is a festival celebrated on November 1 and 2, mostly in Mexico, but also in places with large Hispanic populations, such as te United States and Canada. The celebration coincides with the Catholic holy days, All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day. It's popularity is spreading worldwide as well During this festival, which has roots in Aztec and other indigenous cultures, the departed are welcomed back to the world of the living. They are presented with food offerings, as well as with sugar skulls, flowers, candles and incense. These items are placed on decorated altars or in cemeteries, along with photographs and treasured personal items.
At night, the families and friends go to the graveyard for picnics and music. A common symbol the festival is La Catrina, a wealthy, beautifully dressed woman who proudly shows off her fashions. La Catrina was created by the artist José Guadalupe Posada. Unlike Hallowe'en, the Days of the Dead are joyous, celebrating a non-ghoulish occasion.