What Everybody Should Know About Sugar Skulls


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The Legend of the Sugar Skull

Who doesn’t love a Sugar Skull? It seems like nobody!  From cute to creepy, skulls are everywhere:  T-shirts, jewelry, cell phone cases and whatever else you can think of.  So what’s the story with these skulls? How did they get the name “Sugar”?

Sugar Skulls started in Mexico as the most popular symbol of their National Holiday, Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). They are kind of the mascot of Dia de los Muertos. Mexican tradition has it that the gates of heaven open at midnight on October 31 to let the spirits out and reunite with their family and friends. The idea behind the tradition is to celebrate the lives of the dead compared to most cultures that are more likely to mourn them.

The skulls got their name “Sugar Skulls” because they were originally made of sugar and decorated with colorful frosting and glitter.   The Sugar Skulls appear to be smiling and cheerful to reflect the joy and spirit of the deceased and were often placed on their graves as an offering.

We created the GirlNation sugar Skull to reflect the joy and spirit of our girl Nation. Traditional Sugar Skulls often had the name of the deceased family member across the forehead of the skull. The GN skull has our BYOG (Be Your Own Girl) to celebrate all girls who strive to be their own girl.

What do you think of Sugar Skulls? We want to see your idea of a Sugar Skull. Draw and color your own or use our downloadable coloring page and color it in. Snap a picture of it and post it on Instagram @agirlnation #GNsugarskull. We’ll choose one and send you a free GN Sugar Skull T-shirt, custom made for you!! We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

If you’re feeling really ambitious, here’s a link that shows you how to make a real sugar skull.

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