Calaveritas workshop

This workshop strives to celebrate the Day of the Dead having present one of the most important icons: calaveritas! 


"Calavera is the Spanish word for skull, but the significance of calaveras has a much richer meaning in Mexican culture.  You see them all around Mexico, in drawings and carvings in Pre-Hispanic Aztec and Mayan ruins to modern day graffiti, clothing, jewelry and tattoos.  Although you can see calaveras throughout the year in Mexico, you most often see them during the season of Los Dias de Los Muertos.  Calaveras remind us to celebrate our lives and mortality, to look at the past and future, all the while being present. They are a way for us to appreciate and to acknowledge that life is sacred, but death, "La Muerte", is another rite of passage in our lives, no less sacred than life itself. Death, too, is alive. The inevitable is not to be feared or avoided; it is to be embraced and danced.  More than anything else, calaveras remind us to live each moment to its fullest, to face one’s mortality with a smile and with courage, and to trust in the immortality of an afterlife.

When you say “calavera” in Mexico, you may be referring to one of the eatables during Los Dias de Los Muertos! That’s right, you’ll eat them! The first types of calaveras are candies made into the shapes of skulls. They were originally made out of white sugar.  Now you will find calavera candies made from amaranth, chocolate or anything else sweet. They ate traditionally decorated with a person’s name and then given to that person as a way to appreciate him or her. These sweet calaveras are also presented as an offering on the altar of a deceased.  It’s a delicious treat for the sweet-toothed, for the living and spirited"

Come and learn how to make calaveras!

Mexfestival thanks all the volunteers whose wonderful support made it possible!


* It is a children activity

*Activity cost is $5 nzd to be paid at the stall.