This past weekend was the start all the Halloween events in NYC. I’m not sure if I mentioned that my cousin Claudia is visiting from Colombia and she mentioned a popular trend there to dress up as Catrina a Mexican character related the day of the dead or dia de los muertos in Mexico.
The day of the dead is celebrated in Mexico for three days starting on October 31st through November 2nd. The festivities were dedicated to the “Lady of the Dead” who is now a days called Catrina.
On October 31, All Hallows Eve, the children make a children’s altar to invite the angelitos (spirits of dead children) to come back for a visit. November 1 is All Saints Day, and the adult spirits will come to visit. November 2 is All Souls Day, when families go to the cemetery to decorate the graves and tombs of their relatives. The three-day fiesta filled with marigolds, the flowers of the dead; muertos (the bread of the dead); sugar skulls; cardboard skeletons; tissue paper decorations; fruit and nuts; incense, and other traditional foods and decorations.
This was a great costume, as a few friends that I ran into at a party this weekend did not recognize me ;). It’s also not too difficult to do. I’ve listed the steps below in case you are interested in doing this for yourself.
1. Draw two black circles around your eyes.
2. Cover your face with white makeup.
3. Make two smaller orange circles around your eyes.
4. Color in the space between the black circles and orange circles with black paint.
5. Add orange dots around the black circles.
6. Add two connecting arches above your eye-brows, do this twice using two different colors
7. Add a spider web above the arches
8. For the nose add a black spade
9. Add two connecting lines to each cheek
10. At the end of the second line make half a circle and add orange dots
11. Add small half circles around the orange dots with a different color.
That’s all! Enjoy and have a great day!