Papel picado (cut paper) is a traditional Mexican folk art that involves cutting out intricate patterns on colorful tissue paper which then is used as a banner to decorate the streets, homes or (most commonly) the altars during the Day of the Dead celebrations (Nov. 1st and 2nd).
The banners usually depict skulls and skeletons inspired in the engravings of José Guadalupe Posada, doing all kinds of activities, you know, like getting married, dancing, partying.
We Mexicans have a funny way of seeing life… and death. Octavio Paz once wrote: “The Mexican is familiar with death, jokes about it, caresses it, sleeps with it, celebrates it; it is one of his favorite toys and his most steadfast love. True, there is perhaps as much fear in his attitude as in that of others, but at least death is not hidden away (…)”
6:50 PM on Tuesday 23rd October 2012 with 428 notes