|Me with the tiny calacas Momma got for me.|
Nov. 2 is the official date for Day of the Dead, although it is celebrated between Oct. 31 and Nov. 2. These dates correspond with the Roman Catholic celebrations of All Saints Day and All Souls Day. This results from the Roman Catholic Church's efforts to "find similarities between the indigenous and Christian beliefs."
The celebration has a complex history that has been transformed through the years. I particularly like the festively dressed skeletons called calacas.
Why? To me death is the great equalizer. Skin color matters no more. We're all the same in death.