What Is the Meaning Behind Day of the Dead Symbolism?

Day of the Dead celebration in Mexico City

Day of the Dead celebration in Mexico City. Courtesy of Shutterstock.

Once a celebration largely unknown outside of Mexico, Día de los Muertos has gone mainstream in the United States.

Today, the holiday’s symbols – especially ornate sugar skull designs – adorn everything from U.S. postage stamps to classic Vans sneakers. Even Ken and Barbie can be seen sporting traditional calaca (skeleton) costumes and Target sells merchandise for the day. Read more about the holiday—and how departments and student clubs celebrate it—on Rutgers Today!

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