Day of the Dead (Diá de Muertos) is an annual holiday in Mexico to commemorate the lives of the departed loved ones. To mark the impressive Mexican holiday in November, Mattel has released a special edition of Barbie dolls to celebrate the Mexican culture and its tradition.
The Day of the Dead Barbie doll is inspired by the Catrina makeup and it wears a long embroidered dress that is similar to the traditional textiles from indigenous communities from Mexico. The dress also features colorful flowers and Monarch butterflies that are significant to Michoacán. The butterflies are a symbol of death and rebirth and many believe that the Monarch butterflies carry the souls of the departed ones.
The doll’s face is decorated with a traditional skull design which is also a part of the annual celebration. The doll also wears a crown made of Marigold flowers and Monarch butterflies. Marigold flowers are also important items as they are placed alongside offerings on altars especially made in honor of the departed.
Photo credit: Culturacollective.