Garcia Center Sugar Skull Workshops Honor ‘Dia de los Muertos’

October 30, 2014

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas –  Approximately 150 people attended each of the two Sugar Skull Workshops held October 22 and 24 in honor of Dia de los Muertos—the Day of the Dead at the Antonio E. Garcia Arts & Education Center. The workshops were free, with all decorating materials, such as icing, glitter, feathers, and jewels, provided.

The Garcia Center will also host sugar skull decorating at the downtown Dia de los Muertos festival to be held on Saturday, Nov. 1, from 3-11 p.m. The booth will be located at La Retama Park. There will be a charge of $4 for a small skull or $8 for a large skull while supplies last.                

Dia de los Muertos, also known as the Day of the Dead, is celebrated on November 1as part of All Saints Day and All Souls Day to recognize death as a natural part of the human experience and celebrate the lives of the deceased with food, drink, parties, and activities the dead enjoyed in life.

Although marked throughout Latin America, Dia de los Muertos is most strongly associated with Mexico, where the tradition originated. Dia de los Muertos is a holiday of local cultural significance, and the “calacas” and “calaveras” (skeletons and skulls) symbolism is an important part of that holiday that is portrayed as enjoying life, often in fancy clothes and entertaining situations.