Unlike Halloween, Dia de los Muertos is a holiday that celebrates and honors the deceased, instead of amplifying the fear of death. With indigenous origins from the Aztec festival for Mictecacihuati, The Lady of the Dead, and Catholic origins from Spanish conquistadors' All Saints and All Souls Day, Dia de los Muertos embraces the cycle of life and death with food, drink, festivals, and colorful, whimsical sugar skulls.
Wed. Nov. 1 (the first day of the two day holiday), create your own sugar skulls at the Gibbes Museum of Art, and learn a bit more about the history of the holiday in Mexico from Dr. Joseph Weyers, professor of Hispanic Studies at the College of Charleston.
Kelly Wilson, pastry chef from the Culinary Institute of Charleston, will teach students how to make the edible sugar skull sculptures, demonstrating how to mold the skulls and embellish them with colorful decorations. All supplies are included.