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Sugar Skulls Calavera de Azucar

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Día de los Muertos is on November 2nd, with celebrations beginning on November 1, Día de Muertos Chiquitos--The Day of the Little Dead also All Saints Day, and continuing on November 2, All Souls Day. It is a joyous occasion when the memory of ancestors and the continuity of life is celebrated. On of the foods associated with the celebration are the sugar skulls (calavera azucar) which are given to the children and help reinforce the idea that death is a positive part of the life cycle.

The skulls are available in many stores in Mexico around the time of Día de los Muertos and are also found in other countries where there are sufficient numbers of residents that celebrate the event. You can make them yourself as well. Usually a mold is used and these are commercially available or you can make them freehand, as they were originally made.

Recipe for Sugar Skulls


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