At the Women in the Arts Festival at Edgewood United Methodist Church in East Lansing, local artist Paloma Rosales hosted a workshop incorporating themes from the Mexican holiday the Day of the Dead. Participants were each given a sugar skull that Paloma had hand-molded. However, instead of decorating them with the traditional royal icing, they were challenged to be creative with paints, feathers, beads and glitter and mount them on plaques for display.
In the video below, Paloma talks about the differences between U.S. and Mexican culture in dealing with death. The Day of the Dead ceremony echoes our Halloween, but traditional rituals such as decorating sugar skulls allow people to laugh at death but also to grieve and to heal.
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