This is a ceramic planter made to look like a skull (calavera in Spanish) that is a common decoration in Mexico when celebrating the Day of the Dead or All Soul’s Day. To some people, Halloween is the biggest holiday of the year but most of us have forgotten that it is actually part of a 3-day religious season. Allhallowtide or Hallowmas is the triduum encompassing All Saints’ Eve (Halloween), All Saints’ Day (All Hallows’) and All Souls’ Day celebrated from October 31 to November 2.
The Christian tradition of On All Hallows’ Eve includes a belief that the barrier between the material world and the afterlife is lessened on this day. In order to prevent recognition by a ghost, people would don masks or costumes to disguise their identities. Trick or treating comes to us as a modern version of this practice.
Day of the Dead skull
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/16 – 1/125 sec – ISO 250
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