Classroom Snapshot : Spanish III

Spanish III made and decorated sugar skulls for Dia de los Muertos on November 2nd.  The skulls will be placed on the ofrenda in the cafeteria.

During the celebration of Dia de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead), sugar skulls are often used to decorate the ofrendas (offerings) and they are exactly what their name describes skull-shaped sugar.  Traditional sugar skulls are made from a granulated white sugar mixture that is pressed into special skull molds.  The sugar mixture is allowed to dry and then the sugar skull is decorated with icing, feathers, colored foil and more.  While the ingredients of sugar skulls are edible the skulls are generally used for decorative purposes. 

Dia de los Muertos was an Aztec ritual that celebrated the lives of those who have died.  Dia de los Muertos was eventually blended with the Catholic All-Saints day and All-Souls day on November 1st and 2nd.  November 1, honors children and infants, whereas deceased adults are honored on November 2.  This is indicated by generally referring to November 1, mainly as DĂ­de los Inocentes (“Day of the Innocents”) and November 2 as DĂ­de los Muertos (“Day of the Dead”).