I can’t wait to wear my new Day of the Dead skull mask to the annual Day of the Dead festival in Birmingham, Alabama! Having worn the big paper mache skull in years past, this time I am opting for a lighter weight and cooler DIY skull mask made out of fabric and embellished with scrap trims and cutouts. I want to be able to move through the crowd freely, and to eat, drink and breathe in the most fun and creative event of the year. I love that the Mexican tradition has been adopted by my hometown!
Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) is a joyful celebration filled with pageantry and parade. Traditionally, on days leading up to the November 2nd holiday, families build altars and shrines for their deceased loved ones in cemeteries, in town squares and in homes. The shrines and offerings are artistic displays representing the spiritual essence of the honored, and they are decorated with anything from pictures, trinkets, food, drink, sugar skulls, candles and effigies, to offerings of music and poetry all to evoke the spirits to visit our realm, and to experience, with the living, the celebration of their lives.
I like double-duty projects! Since Halloween and Day of the Dead are just days apart, you can make your mask and costume work for both holidays.