“La Catrina” was created by Mexican artists to make a metaphorical representation of high social class in Mexico, which prevailed before the Mexican Revolution.
La Catrina is considered the symbol of death, since Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is celebrated on November 1 and 2 throughout Mexico.
It is common to see people disguised as catrinas these two days. The pantheons in the city of Tepic, Nayarit are open all day and part of the night, and offer tours in its interior, people are often seen dining next to the graves of their deceased.
The Mexicans celebrate the death dance with her, and play with hesitation but without losing respect.
According to Mexican folklore, “La Catrina,” better known as death and many other names, can be displayed in many ways.
Sometimes it represents happiness, dressed in an elaborate manner, wanting to have fun, sometimes flirtatious and seductive with the mortals, others we find are pure bones, ready to carry us when we least expect it, however the relationship Mexicans have with “La Catrina” is defined by a series of circumstances intimately linked with the history and culture of Mexico.
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Written by J. Jesus Carranza Diaz