Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Free - Kermit Day of the Dead Coloring Sheet
El Dia de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead), a Mexican celebration, is a day to celebrate, remember and prepare special foods in honor of those who have departed. On this day in Mexico, the streets near the cemeteries are filled with decorations of papel picado , flowers, candy calaveras (skeletons and skulls), and parades.
This celebration takes place anywhere between Oct. 31st and Nov. 2nd, since my birthday is on the 2nd, this is a holiday I especially love. We will be decorating skull cakes in honor of my grandparents.
Death is laughed at in its face. Many euphemisms are used for death, La calaca (the skeleton), la pelona ("baldy"), la flaca ("skinny"), and la huesada ("bony"). There are refranes, sayings, and poems that are popular with day of the dead. These sayings are cliches and lose meaning when translated. For example "La muerte es flaca y no puede conmigo" means "Death is skinny/weak and she can't carry me." Calaveras (skulls) are decorated with bright colors with the name of the departed inscribed on the head. Children carrying yellow marigolds enjoy the processions to the cemetery. At the cemetery, music is played and dances are made to honor the spirits.
Download and print off your own Dia de los Muertos coloring sheet for your kids courtesy of Walt Disney Studios.
A big thank you to Disney for sharing the info I posted. Have a great holiday everyone!