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In this highly inflammatory climate that we live in you can often be on the fence about what you are allowed to integrate into your families traditions. You might be worried that the appropriation police might fine you for taking on the traditions of another culture.
Well, America is and has always been about the amalgamation of cultures. Thus the title of ‘melting pot’ that we have earned.
While the Halloween of candy, costumes and over the top decorations is decidedly American, there are other holidays out there as well, that happen in tandem.
One of the very best is the Mexican celebration of Dia de Los Muertos or the day of the dead. This is the 3 day celebration that welcomes home dead family members to join in celebration and taking part in some of their favorite things.
The day of the dead is a great way to tell kids about family lineage and to remember people who have passed recently. Its also a great way to learn how to deal with loss. Loss is never easy and celebrating the good times can be a great move.
The truth about this holiday is that it far outweighs Halloween. Its just a superior holiday and while many aren’t ready to give up Halloween, there are plenty who would like to celebrate this holiday as well.
One of the most important parts, and a part that will make it fun for the kids, is painting faces to resemble skeletons.
Another important part of the celebration are sugar skulls. These colorful treats make their way onto the offrenda which is an offering table or the visiting dead.
Here are some instructions for making a great little sugar skull mask that could either be used as decoration or as something you wear during the celebration.