Day of the Dead calaveras that honor your loved ones

Danny Cobos
Former calavera mural at Mexic-Arte Museum, Fifth Street & Congress Avenue. Photo by Danny Cobos

By Nancy Flores

I can’t wait for bright marigolds, pan de muerto and sugar skulls. Day of the Dead remains one of my favorite holidays, which honors the lives of our dearly departed. Mexic-Arte Museum has a cool way to remember someone you loved. They’re featuring 101 hand-painted images of calaveras (skeletons) on the exterior wall of the museum on Congress Avenue and Fifth Street.

You can purchase a $25 calavera that highlights the name of a loved one you’d like to honor here.

Mexic-Arte Museum’s Day of the Dead celebration this year honors the 101 year anniversary of Mexican engraver and political satirist Jose Guadalupe Posada (1852–1913). Posada is best known for creating one of the most famous images frequently associated with the Day of the Dead Holiday, “La Calavera Catrina.”

Author: Nancy Flores

Nancy Flores is a features writer who covers general assignments including Latino culture for the Austin American-Statesman and Austin360.

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