Calavera – Stream of Consciousness Saturday – ‘cal’

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Calavera – Stream of Consciousness Saturday – ‘cal’ 

The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS March 20, 2021

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Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “starts with cal.” Use a word starting with the letters “cal” as your prompt word. Have fun!

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Calavera

My sugar skull stress ball, and coin purse with skull & flowers

My Day of the Dead sticker book showing sugar skull & flowers

Calavera is the representation of a human skull, and is usually made from sugar. It is decorated and used in the Mexican celebration of Dia de los Muertos, also called Day of the Dead. It’s to honor and remember those people who have passed away.

I think this is a really great holiday, celebrated on November 1st and 2nd. For a few years my daughter and I would attend the festivities held here in town. The University (Texas Tech) would hold a progressive art trail exhibit from one location to another. There we could see many forms of art displays of ofendas (small altars), paintings, mixed media projects and sculptures.

They would have decorations, a Mariachi  band playing music, and traditional refreshments of ‘dead bread’, tamales, chips & salsa, and hot chocolate.

Then we’d go to the next art place, which was held at the Buddy Holly Center & Museum, where many more art works were on display, more food and another band would play.

It’s been quite awhile since we’ve gone to these, but they sure were fun.

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2021 BS

 

8 responses »

    • Thanks, Janet! Hmmm, I have no idea about who decided to name the county that. It would be interesting to find out if it has any connection to skulls in the area. 🙂

  1. The artistry of sugar skulls is quite lovely. The tradition of Dia de los Muertos is well known around these parts. I keep saying one year I will make an altar. Maybe 2021 can be that year.

    • Thanks, Jill! I think it is a wonderful tradition and celebration. Most are really decorated beautifully. I’ve always wanted to make a little altar niche, too, but never have. 🙂

    • Thanks, Bill! Yes, they are called Sugar Skulls, or Calavera. I love how they are decorated. I thought at first they were like a candy to be eaten, but they are not – just a decoration for the celebrations. 🙂

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