Every November 2nd takes place in Mexico the celebration of ‘Día de Muertos‘ (the Day of The Dead). The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to remember and pray for their loved ones who have died.
People go to cemeteries and also builds altars at their homes, containing the favorite food and beverages, as well as photos and memorabilia from the deceased.
The intent is to attract the souls and let them feel the love, hear the prayers and the memories from the living ones…. Nice! Isn’t it?
‘The Catrina‘ (The Fancy Lady) illustration from Jose Guadalupe Posada, has become an icon of the Day of the Dead festivity. Her chapeau originally is related to French and European styles of the early 20th century. She is meant to portray a satirization of those Mexican natives who, Posada felt, were over embracing European traditions of the aristocracy in the pre-revolutionary era.
In the center of the mural is Diego Rivera at the age of ten holding Catrina’s hand. The well-dressed gentleman in a black suit and derby hat is Posada, who stands on the right of Dame Catrina and gallantly offers her his arm. The adjacent figure is Frida Kahlo in a traditional Mexican dress holding in her left hand the Yin-Yang symbol of duality taken from Chinese philosophy, which also represents the duality from pre-Columbian mythology. Kahlo’s other hand rest maternally on the shoulder of the young Diego, who sets out on his walk through life and through the world under her protection .
The image of The Catrina is becoming quintessential Mexican image about death, it is increasingly common to see embodied as part of Day of the Dead celebrations across the country, including two-dimensional image has passed and has become a source for creating crafts, either clay or other materials, which depending on the region may vary slightly in their clothing and even his famous hat, but like them has been called “catrinas”.
Lastly, we want to share with you a corto that takes hand of this iconic Catrina and a mexican song very popular of this holidays. Enjoy!