Happy Dios de Los Muertos

Dios De los Muertos, or The Days of the Dead, is a holiday that originated in Mexico but is also commonly celebrated throughout other parts of Latin America. Despite the name, you won’t find any ghoulish figures in a traditional Day of the Dead celebration. Typically observed from October 31st– November 2nd, The Day of the Dead is meant to honor the lives of the deceased through colorful displays, delicious food, and familial gatherings. The celebration coincides with the 3-part Catholic holiday of All Saint’s Eve, All Saints Day and All Souls Day.  In many parts of Mexico, the holiday season is often signaled by the sight of the monarch butterfly, which migrates to Mexico each autumn. The butterflies are believed to be the spirits of past ancestors returning to celebrate with their loved ones.

Día de los Muertos is a celebration of life, not death It is an opportunity to remember and celebrate the lives of departed loved ones. Like any other celebration, Día de los Muertos is filled with music and dancing. Some popular dances include La Danza de los Viejitos—the dance of the little old men—in which boys and young men dress as old men, walk around crouched over then suddenly jump up in an energetic dance. Another dance is La Danza de los Tecuanes—the dance of the jaguars—that depicts farm workers hunting a jaguar.

he most familiar symbol of Dia de los Muertos may be the calacas and calaveras (skeletons and skulls), which appear everywhere during the holiday: in candied sweets, as parade masks, as dolls. Calacas and Calaveras are almost always portrayed as enjoying life, often in fancy clothes and entertaining situations.

What does this have to do with eyewear? Absolutely nothing… it’s just a fun day to add eyeglasses to cool icons for a holiday.

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