“The sugar skull, or calavera, is used to decorate the
altars families create on the Day of the Dead to
celebrate a loved one,” said TMA Executive Chef Joe Felix.
“Often the altars will have favorite things and photos
remembering very close family members and friends. The colorful
sugar skulls with fun designs contribute to the celebratory
nature of the holiday.”
Day of the Dead,
which is celebrated in México and other parts of Latin America,
welcomes spirits of family members in commemoration of life and
death. During the holiday, it is believed the passageway from
the living world to the spirit world is opened so that deceased
loved ones may return to visit their families and friends. Day
of the Dead takes place between Oct. 31 and Nov. 2.
Sugar skulls are not limited for those who have died, Felix
explained. “A decorated calavera can also be given as a gift on
Day of the Dead to a living loved one,” he said.
The cost, which includes all the decorating materials, is $10
for one sugar skull or $15 for two sugar skulls. Participants
will receive a 10 percent discount on the cost with a purchase
of an item from the Museum Café’s children’s menu.
Pre-registration is not required to participate.