The Sugar Skull

Making sugar skulls traces back to the Day of the Dead traditions of the indigenous people of Mexico. Sugar skulls historically have been made in honor of those who have passed away. They are made of real sugar and when dry, they harden like a rock. They are decorated with royal icing with designs and colors that resemble the person that you are remembering and honoring. The skulls, along with candles, paper mache art, food, marigold flowers, and pictures of loved ones who have passed away are placed on alters (ofrendas) or graves to remember of those who were once with us. This Aztec holiday is a celebration of life, to remember those who were once alive and it is a two day event right after Halloween on November 1st and 2nd. After converting to Catholicism, Indian natives continued to practice the holiday and European missionaries tolerated their practices by combining the celebration on All Saint’s Day and All Soul’s Day.