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Las Calacas (the skeletons)

One of the things I love most about the Mexican culture is the Day of the Dead festival. When I volunteered at an orphanage in Cuernavaca I was lucky enough to witness the celebrations firsthand and capture some incredible photos.

In Philadelphia my favorite restaurant is Los Catrines Tequilas (I always chose to go there for my birthday dinner with my family when I was younger). The food is incredible but what’s even more so is the ambiance. Upon entering the restaurant, diners are immediately greeted by a mural of festive looking calacas, a figure of a skull or skeleton (usually human) that is commonly used for decoration during Day of the Dead. Calacas are generally depicted as joyous rather than mournful and are often shown wearing festive clothing, dancing and playing musical instruments to indicate a happy afterlife. This reaffirms the Mexican belief that no dead soul likes to be thought of sadly.


A long time ago I started collecting miniature calacas. I purchased some in Mexico, a few from a terrific store in California that sells Mexican artisan crafts, and others at museum gift shops. Here’s my collection:

My Aztec warriors-

Las damas-the ladies

Los mariachis and a bullfighter-
Los novios-the bride and groom (what I used for my cake topper at my wedding)-
And the incredible pintura, Frida Kahlo

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