Based on what you learned in the video, in what ways do Halloween and Día de los Muertos seem similar? In what ways do they differ?
One similarity you may have already noticed is that both holidays include macabre artwork featuring skulls and skeletons. The skulls, known as calaveras, and the skeletons, known as calacas, are central to Day of the Dead decorations and were inspired by the artist José Guadalupe Posada. Sugar skulls (calaveras de azúcar) are one of the most common items for sale during Day of the Dead festivities.
|image courtesy of San Jose Library via flickr|
After comparing Halloween to Día de los Muertos, which holiday do you think has more cultural value? Explain your view in the comments below.