Symbols In Mexican Culture

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In our Mexican culture we celebrate el dia de los muertes or the day of the dead, in a lively and cheerful festival. Instead of mourning the loss of our loved ones we celebrate and have a day to remember how amazing those people were and how they lived their life. Probably one of the most important symbols to that festival and to our Mexican culture is the sugar skulls. Sugar skulls are handmade skulls made of mostly sugar. However, at first the skull is a blank canvas and anyone can decorate them to resemble their deceased loved ones. Some people even write the name of their deceased in the forehead of the skull. Usually we decorate the skulls extremely colorful with the primary colors of yellow, orange, light green, and pink. The reason for this is because we use vivid colors that represent the joyful times and things the deceased person lived through, instead of remembering the woeful times. The sugar skulls tradition dates back to more than 500 years ago. Originally this was practiced by the indigenous Aztecs, eventually as the Spaniards conquered the land they tried…show more content…
As people we try to stay as optimistic and joyful no matter what obstacle comes our way. The sugar skull emphasizes the optimism and liveliness in our culture, because if you compare other skulls from other cultures they paint skulls that are dark with horrid colors signifying that they believe death is gruesome and scary. The sugar skulls symbolize unity with the community and the belief that you should always look at the bright side of things. The sugar skulls, definitely represent our religious beliefs as we believe our life is precious and valuable but even after death there is a life beyond what we know. Even though the sugar skull is not used daily it definitely is an extremely important object in the Mexican
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