Traditionally,  Sugar Skulls or “Calaveras de azucar” are placed as an “offrenda” (offering) on the altar of the dead on November 1st & 2nd to welcome the spirits of the deceased. During the 19th century, it was common for skulls to bear the name of the recipient across the forehead.

The making of sugar figures has been a European tradition for several centuries. When Mexico became a Spanish Colony in the 16th Century, native indigenous cultural beliefs intermixed with Spanish Catholicism creating a fusion of new cultural symbols of which the sugar skulls are perhaps among the better known.

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