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Simple Calaveras Masks for Dia de los Muertos

Simple Calaveras Masks for Dia de los Muertos

After Halloween, our friends from Latin America celebrate Día de los Muertos. The holiday has its roots in an idea similar to the Celtic Samhain and the Christian All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.  In contrast with our modern Halloween, however, Día de los Muertos is more of a celebration of departed loved ones, rather than a fright fest. In Mexico, the celebration is marked with alters containing marigolds and calaveras (skulls, particularly the popular … Read entire article »

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Papel Picado for Cinco de Mayo

Papel Picado for Cinco de Mayo

Pin It Cinco de Mayo commemorates the victory over the French military at Puebla. Although the date has limited significance in Mexico, it has become a time to celebrate Mexican heritage in the United States. Interest in Cinco de Mayo increased during the Chicano movement of the 1940s. We made a papel picado banner to decorate our home in preparation for Cinco de Mayo. Materials: colorful tissue paper or thin construction paper scissors, punches glue or tape cord or string Directions: 1. Fold the paper … Read entire article »

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