Day of the Dead originated several thousand years ago with the Aztec, Toltec, and other Nahua people, who considered mourning the dead disrespectful 🙌 For these pre-Hispanic cultures, death was a natural phase in life’s long continuum 😎 The dead were still members of the community, kept alive in memory and spirit—and during Día de los Muertos, they temporarily returned to Earth. Today’s Día de los Muertos celebration is a mash-up of pre-Hispanic religious rites and Christian feasts. It takes place on November 1 and 2—All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day on the Catholic calendar—around the time The fall maize harvest. 
The skeleton with the hat that we see today came to life in the early 1900’s by artist José Guadalupe Posada. Posada was an outspoken political cartoonist, who enjoyed being liked by the public. He’s drawing and embossed skeletons in a humorous manner to remind them that everyone would die in the end. He had said that the female skeleton is a dashing looking one and has a feathered head because many Mexicans wanted to be wealthy and aristocratic as the Europeans. A satirical drawing to remind people to be themselves and to stop trying to be something that they weren’t. It doesn’t matter how poor or rich you are, your skin colourr, and what social group you belong to, all of you will end up being skeletons. This was Posada’s message with his many caricatures of cavaleras sketched doing various daily activities. One of his most popular sayings was “Death is democratic”. This is a simple but profound truth! Pamela L., Mombasa (Kenya) on October 6, 2020. 
Antwoine Baker dayofthedead.holidayAccording to, skull imagery can be traced back to precolombian cultures. Many festivals were held in Aztec tradition to remember the Goddess Mictecacihuatl who was the ruler of afterlife and the keeper of the deceased. Mictecacihuatl often was represented by a skeleton decorated with skulls and a crown made of flowers. In many pre-Columbian cultures skulls were or skull motif decorations used on walls to offer sacrifices to gods. Tzompantli is a Nahuatl name for these skulls. Some of these, such as the Mayan Chichen Itzá Tzompantli in Yucatán, and the Aztec Huey Tzompantli in Mexico City, remain to this day and can be viewed by visitors. Farrah Chaz for sharing this with us. 
These are the pros mexicansugarskull.com Additional information is available. Beautiful altars, or ofrendas in Indian villages are built inside each house. They are decorated with candles, buckets of flowers (wild marigolds called cempasuchil & bright red cock’s combs) mounds of fruit, peanuts, plates of turkey mole, stacks of tortillas and big Day of the Dead breads called pan demuerto. The altar needs to have lots Hot cocoa, soda and food for weary spirits. Candies and toys are donated to angelitos. Adult spirits are invited to receive cigarettes and shots mezcal on Nov. 2. The final touches are made by little folk art skulls and sugar skulls that were purchased from open-air market stalls.