The Catrina: The iconic Mexican Halloween costume
Written by Leche con Tuna
In Oaxaca, we have always assimilated foreign festivities into our own culture. During the Halloween parties that happen in the same period as the Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead), we dress as Catrinas, an elegant and well-dressed female skeleton. Catrina is an icon of the Mexican culture, symbolizing our willingness to accept death joyfully and cheerfully.
The proximity of Mexico to the United States does not go unnoticed. American costumes coexist with ancient Mexican traditions. Unlike the United States, the costumes in Mexico are not about provoking fear. A Catrina inspires respect and veneration. Only the Mexican can make the death look this good.
Unlike Halloween, which is shrouded in darkness, the Day of the Dead is a festival of color. This festival is lived in the streets, in the houses, and in the cemeteries. It is a multicolored party, with costumes, from the simplest to the most sophisticated.
During the Day of the Dead, we celebrate the remembrance of our family members and friends who have died. We welcome our loved ones to honor their past lives.
Unfortunately, this year due to the accelerated growth of COVID-19 cases, all public events of the Day of the Dead were canceled in Oaxaca.