Words by Josue Ramirez
Dia de Los Muertos or Dia de Los Muertos is celebrated on November 1st and 2nd throughout Latin American countries. It is a colorful celebration in remembrance of loved ones who have passed.
Altares in honor of the departed are decorated with flores de cempasuchil, candles, sugar skulls, photos and personal belongings of the deceased along with offerings of their favorite foods and drinks. Other decorations include paper flowers and banners of stenciled tissue called Papel Picado.
The craft of Papel Picado although associated with Day of the Dead is used in many celebrations. It consists of delicate designs cut from tissue to create bright and fragile patterns that celebrate life and tell the story of the dead.
To keep the Dia de los Muertos tradition alive through art, we have made some RGV inspired Papel Picado templates for you to cut out and use to decorate your altar.
Download the designs below