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What do sugar skulls symbolize?

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Sugar skulls are decorative and edible items created in celebration of the Mexican holiday known as Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos); the skulls represent deceased loved ones. Occasionally, a skull will bear the loved one's name on its forehead as part of an intricate sugar design.

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In central and southern regions of Mexico, the Day of the Dead is celebrated from November 1 to November 2. The holiday coincides with the Mexican-Catholic celebrations of All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day. Sugar skulls are a major element of the celebration, serving as both representations of the deceased as well as decorative elements on altars honoring lost loved ones.

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