The clothing worn for Day of the Dead celebrations varies by region, but people generally dress up in fine clothing and often paint their faces in bright colors. Many people wear colorful skull masks.
Calaveras are small skull-shaped candies commonly made to celebrate Dia de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead. Skulls are closely associated with the Day of the Dead and are commonly incorporated into many celebratory crafts, such as masks, bracelets and paintings.
Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, is celebrated throughout most of Latin America on November 1st. The tradition comes from the country of Mexico and is a combination of ancient indigenous rituals and Catholic traditions. Brazilians celebrate the holiday by visiting churches and cemeteries and
On the Day of the Dead, celebrants sometimes paint their faces to look like skulls with decorative accents. These accents include painted flowers, spider webs and hearts.
The Day of the Dead, a holiday celebrated primarily in Mexico, is similar to Halloween in that both holidays occur back to back, both are rooted in festivals held by ancient peoples, both focus on death and both are celebrated with traditional foods.
Masks, called "calacas," are worn on the Day of the Dead to symbolize the nature of the dead and how they feel. While these masks may look scary at first glance, most depict the dead as smiling or happy.
"Opposite Day" is not an officially recognized holiday. There are some references to "Opposite Day" being on January 25. Generally, "Opposite Day" is simply declared on any day, and it begins whenever the starter says so.
Labor Day occurs on the first Monday of September, regardless of the date. The first Labor Day was initially celebrated on a Tuesday, on Sept. 5, 1882, by a labor union in New York City. On June 28, 1894, Congress passed an act declaring Labor Day a national holiday.
Veterans Day is an American federal holiday celebrated each year on November eleventh. The day honors those who have served in the United States military.
Some participants in the Day of Dead procession wear outfits that honor their deceased loved ones, traditional Spanish formal wear, Victorian gowns, vintage black lace, and suits or tuxedos with top hats, capes and canes. Many wear a skeleton costume either alone or in addition to formal wear.