The Inspiration for Eternity
I made this painting with a Day of the Dead style to celebrate the power of love. Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a unique day about reveling life and encourages us to connect with loved ones while reflecting on the ties that bind the past to present, it is a time to remember and celebrate the lives of friends and family.
Dia de los Muertos is celebrated on November 1st and 2nd, the first day primarily recognizing children who have passed, and the second honoring the adults. Each day is a celebration filled with food, music, dancing, and coming together to honor the deceased whose spirits come to visit their families. Families decorate alters, or ofrendas, with candles, photographs, toys, food, and bright colors to honor their loved ones and lead their visiting spirits home.
The calaverita de azucar, or sugar skull, is a prominent symbol in the Dia de los Muertos tradition. These brightly decorated sugar skulls are placed in the alters of the deceased, especially children, as a whimsical reminder of precious life. The monarch butterfly is also commonly associated with Dia de los Muertos as they are thought to bring with them the spirits of deceased loved ones during their migration to Mexico. Another common symbol includes the use of cempasuchil, a brightly colored Mexican marigold, whose smell is believed to attract spirits to visit their families during Dia de los Muertos.