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La Catrina an Icon of the Day of the Dead

La Catrina and Icon of the Day of the Dead

Posada2.CatrinaLa Calaveras Catrina by Jose Guadalupe Posada

Jose Guadalupe Posada created the lovely and timeless La Calaveras Catrina (The Catrina Skull) or just La Catrina. Posada was a Mexican revolutionary graphic artist in the late 19th-20th centuries. La Catrina has the European style ornate hat that was popular among the upper classes in the late 19th century. Many of the indigenous women of the time were so influenced by the European styles they started not wearing their traditional clothes and even wore makeup to make their skin look lighter. La Catrina was Posadas reminder to all that regardless of class or stature death equalizes everyone in the end.


katrinas chtLa Catrinas made of paper mache at Coast Hwy Traders


The La Catrina is made from all kinds of materials including clay, wood, and paper mache (cartoneria). She is a prominent figure in Day of the Dead celebrations. She is featured in Day of the Dead altars, decorations, including large paper mache skeletons imitating the living.

Posada’s La Catrina has become the image of Death in Mexico and icon of the Day of the Dead celebrations.

ss pic skeletonsLa Catrina Statue

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weddingWedding Day La Catrina

holiday catrinaThe Coast Hwy Traders Mascot…La Catrina


La Catrinas at Coast Hwy Traders

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Coast Hwy Traders

530 S Coast Hwy 101

Encinitas Ca


Experience Oaxaca Mexico

Experience Oaxaca Mexico


I recently visited Oaxaca, Mexico. From eating crickets to experiencing world class art this trip was a once in a lifetime!


I visited the Oldest church in Oaxaca. It was built in the 16th century. When I was outside at noon, I heard music and was surrounded by Ava Maria. It was so cool because there are not any speakers. It was like it came from the sky!

oldest church


Beeswax candle making is a lost art. In Oaxaca it is alive and well. Just Gorgeous!

beeswax candles


In Oaxaca they use dried crickets in salad dressings, on top of tostadas, and in guacamole.

They tasted salty!



Oaxaca has large paper mache figures they hang outside their stores.

The paper mache figures are also uses in parades.

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large paper mache




Coast Hwy Traders

530 S Coast Hwy 101

Encinitas Ca


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