Se Lo Llevó la Calaca

Calacas2Calacas3I’ve always wondered what the skeleton-looking things were in Mexico, or outside/around Mexican restaurants. They are always so colorful, and have such intricate details. I did some research and found that they are called calacas, and they are actually celebratory statues. Calacas is the Spanish name for skeleton, and the figures were traditionally used at the Day of the Dead festival. They are shown in bright, colorful clothing, dancing and playing instruments to represent a happy afterlife. “This draws on the Mexican belief that no dead soul likes to be thought of sadly, and that death should be a joyous occasion. (from Wikipedia).” One of the ones I saw was holding a bottle of tequila, so she was really ready to party! 🙂

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