The Day of the Dead, or el Dia de los Muertos, is a traditional holiday celebrated by Mexicans and Mexican Americans living throughout North America. Day of the Dead is celebrated on two days, November 1st and 2nd, to remember friends and family members who have passed away. Celebrants honor departed loved ones by creating a decorative altar to commemorate their lives, enjoying a feast with their favorite foods and visiting the family cemetery to pay respects.
The rich cultural traditions surrounding Day of the Dead have yielded a vast array of handicrafts and jewelry. The skulls, or calaveras, and skeletons, or calacas, can seem a bit macabre to the uninitiated. But, after learning about the vibrant traditions and heartfelt communion with ancestors that define the Day of the Dead it is easy to see the humor and unique aesthetic of el Dia de los Muertos. Far from a somber affair, Day of the Dead is indeed a celebration of life, love and family. Gatherings are full of laughter and fond nostalgia for people who are truly missed.
I adore Latino arts and handicrafts such as vibrantly painted talavera tiles, the small milagro prayer ornaments or the beautiful perforated tin work housewares. Feed your soul by learning about a beautiful cultural celebration and remember your dearly departed fondly with a funny story or a raised glass when you wear these colorful creations.
Halstead Bead Inc. has a special selection of pewter charms & findings for making muertos jewelry as well as other wholesale beads & findings.