|Happy Calavera day!! (Feliz Dia de Los Muertos)|
- Calaveras de azúcar ("sugar skulls") are used to adorn altars and can be eaten.
calaveras literarias are poems, written for the Day of the Dead but intended to humorously criticize the living.
- Calavera can refer to any artistic representations of skulls, such as the lithographs of José Guadalupe Posada.
- Cervecería Calavera is also the name of a newly started craft brewery in Mexico City.
Scholars trace the origins of the modern Mexican holiday to indigenous observances dating back hundreds of years and to an Aztec festival dedicated to the goddess Mictecacihuatl. The holiday has spread throughout the world: In Brazil, Dia de Finados is a public holiday that many Brazilians celebrate by visiting cemeteries and churches. In Spain, there are festivals and parades, and, at the end of the day, people gather at cemeteries and pray for their dead loved ones. Similar observances occur elsewhere in Europe, and similarly themed celebrations appear in many Asian and African cultures.
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