Sugar SkullsWe have a Sugar Skull Black Light Class on Halloween!
But where do sugar skulls come from? What are they? What is their history?
Sugar skulls are used to decorate the ofrendas (offerings) for Dia de Los Muertos (the Day of the Dead). Dia de Los Muertos is an Aztec ritual that celebrates of the lives of those who have passed away. Dating back to the 17th century when Italian missionaries visited the New World, Mexicans had very little money and learned from the Catholic friars how to make decorations out of an ingredient they had plenty of—sugar. So traditionally skulls were made out of clay and the sugar as decorations .
The Spaniards who invaded Mexico tried to eliminate this month-long holiday with no success. Dia de Los Muertos was eventually merged with the Catholic All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day on November 1st and 2nd to make the holiday seem more Christian.
Small ones are placed on November 1st to represent children. Larger ones are placed on November 2nd for adults. Typically the names of the deceased are written on the foreheads and then bright, colorful designs are added.
So come join the celebration on Halloween night at 7pm!