Celebrating Day of the Dead has become one of to the most important holidays in my family. Day of the Dead is the celebration of life of those that have passed. It is believed that their souls come back to visit the living during this day. We create altars filled with their favorite foods and special memories to honor them. We’ve modernized Day of the Dead for the kids in my family by reading interactive books, face painting for fun and even making themed sugar skull Day of the Dead desserts.
The kids know this is the time we talk about all those we love that have passed. My son has been the most curious this year asking about my husband’s deceased relatives. Since our family is bicultural, we celebrate death a little different. My husband understand the importance of remembering those who have passed on. He contributes by sharing stories of his grandmother, great grandmother and uncle when our kids ask. Our daughter knows that my grandparents are all deceased too. She points to pictures of my grandparents and says “is that your nana and your tata?” I know that Day of the Dead has allowed me to keep their memory alive as well as teach my kids about the important people in my family who are no longer with us.
This year we made cupcakes for the family. The kids not only helped bake, but were totally hands on in decorating. Just like face painting, our cupcakes have traditional décor that a sugar skull would. Our cupcakes are filled with colorful dots and flowers as well as a straight skeleton mouth.
To create your own Day of the Dead cupcakes follow the tutorial below.
How do you celebrate Day of the dead?
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