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"Dia de los muertos" or "Day of the Dead" is a national holiday celebrated by Mexican culture where families honor those they have lost by decorating the graves with 'sugar skulls', flowers like marigolds, and even the favorite beverages and foods of those that have passed on. Smaller sugar skulls are often made and given to the living to eat... Made of sugar, meringue powder and water, the skulls are often very elaborately decorated in a similar fashion to the toothy-grinning skull I have painted on this mug.
Furthermore, I added a Sugar skull lady - wide-eyed and curious on the other side of this mug. In the middle I wanted a simple vulture or crow-like bird with a birdie skull head to match the general theme.
Day of the Dead is not meant to be dark and morbid. It is actually a quite pleasant holiday for those that celebrate it every November 1st and 2nd. Those that honor the holiday simply view death as a passing from one life to the next and their acts of celebration are actually lighthearted and cheerful.