The skulls (calaveras) and costumes aren't meant to be scary, but celebratory. There are altars filled with marigolds and fruit and loved ones' favourite foods. There are candles and much love and respect offered to the memories of family and friends. This holiday is played out in a similar fashion in cultures all over the world.
I fell in love with this special festival when I was living in San Francisco and I adore the iconic tongue-in-cheek figurines, the bright colours, cartoonish design and sweet meaning of the day(s) - 1st and 2nd November each year. Here's a little peek at my small collection of el dia de los muertos figurines:
If you like this fun, eclectic style too, there are some great Australian artists inspired by this holiday including:
Madeleine Stamer (Little Circus Design) - read more about Madeleine here.
* update: ooh I've just found that Madeleine is guest posting on The Design Files all week and writing all about... el dia de los muertos! and there's an amazing giveaway over on the site... *
Made By White (read more here)
Enjoy the Melbourne Cup today and if you get a moment, maybe add a little dia de los muertos to your day too :)