La Catrina & Dia de los Muertos Figures Featured at Santa Fe Shop

In the Spanish speaking towns of the Americas, there is a festive holiday that celebrates the memory of the dead. In Spanish it is called Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead.

The holiday dates back to the Aztecs and marks the day that the dead are allowed to return to mingle with the living. The opportunity to share time with the departed friends and relatives is so wonderful that people celebrate by have parties and picnics in the cemeteries.

In ancient Mexico, The Day of the Dead was celebrated in mid-August, but after the Spanish conquest, the holiday changed to Nov. 1 & 2 to more closely match the Catholic calendar dates of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.

La Calaveras Catrina dates back to 1910 when Mexican printmaker Jose Guadalupe Posada created her. Since then, the she has become one of Mexico’s most popular images. Many of the dolls are made in Guanajuato and can be found in the small town of San Miguel de Allende.

La Catrina was also incorporated into Diego Rivera’s mural, Dream of a Sunday in Alameda Park.

Dozens of La Catrina dolls are on display and available for purchase at the Santa Fe Shop in Fish Creek, located at 4147 Main Street and open daily at 10 am.

For more information call 920.868.4300.