During this festivity is very common to find Catrinas everywhere: a Catrina is a female skeleton very elegantly dressed with a hat and a nice dress in a 20th century European style, this image was created to describe someone who was ashamed of his Indian origins by Jose Guadalupe Posada, and although he drew the original skull it wasn't until Diego Rivera painted the "Dream of a Sunday afternoon along Central Alameda" mural that the Catrina was conceived as we know it today.
The World Guinness Record
We've been extremely busy these days, but when my boyfriend told me that there was a little town near Guadalajara that was creating the largest Catrina ever to get registered in the Guinness Record's I knew that we had to be there.
Zapotlanejo, and on November 1st 2015 at noon their Catrina, located in the main square, would be certified as the largest Catrina in the world.
|Here you can see how big it is (or how small I am) and how I got photobombed!|
And we also got some time to "play" with the big Catrina:
Back to Guadalajara: the Catrina's Avenue
We were pretty tired after our small trip but we didn't want to miss the opportunity to see the Catrina's exposition installed across Chapultepec avenue in Guadalajara on the same day.
Frida Kahlo to Octavio Paz, all of them were created by students of different schools where they try to keep these traditions alive for the new generations.
Please enjoy the pictures and let me know which is your favorite because I definitely have a lot of problems trying to select only one.