Hardcore Día de Muertos observers will also don Catrina makeup, which is skeletal makeup that honors the connection between life and death. This year, for the first time ever, I put on a full Catrina face—and it made me feel closer to my loved ones who have passed.
My parents are both Mexican immigrants. In an effort to assimilate, which made life less difficult for them in the States, they shed traditions like Dia de Muertos. This meant that growing up, we didn’t have altares or ofrendas in our home.
As an adult, I struggled to find ways to connect to loved ones who had passed on. It made me sad to think about the fact that their physical presence had ceased to exist. When I realized that Dia de Muertos is a chance to honor their spiritual essence, I felt compelled to try the Catrina look. And boy