Barbie is celebrating Day of the Dead (or Día de Muertos) dressing up like a Catrina.
For more than 60 years, Barbie has done almost any job you can imagine. Not only that, but the doll has also paid tribute to some of the most iconic women in the world, such as Frida Kahlo and Rosa Parks. But now, it is time for Barbie to celebrate Mexican culture and its traditions with a special edition of Barbie to celebrate the Day of the Dead.
Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos) is one of the most impressive celebrations in Mexico. The colors and flavors of this unique commemoration have made it so important that it was even recognized as world's heritage by UNESCO.
The doll is inspired by the Catrina makeup, which is one of the many symbols of this tradition. One that may ring a bell as we have seen it on huge parades celebrated in recent years in Mexico City or during Day of the Dead festivals all over America.
The Catrina is a cartoon created by Mexican artist José Guadalupe Posada. Being highly critical towards society in the late 19th century, Posada drew a female skull wearing a very European hat, which represented high society and their aspirations to leave their Mexican roots behind. But, it was Diego Rivera the one who gave the Catrina a full body in one of his murals; he added a snake stole and a long dress. Since then, we have seen her as one of the most iconic depictions of death during the Day of the Dead.
This Catrina Barbie doll wears a long embroidered dress that resembles traditional textiles from indigenous communities in Mexico. Also, the dress has colorful flowers and Monarch butterflies, which can be only be seen in the state of Michoacán, where the celebration of Day of the Dead is one of its kind.
Day of the Dead Barbie also wears a crown made of Marigold flowers, also know as Cempasúchil in Mexico. This flower is a key item during the celebration as it is the one that paves the way of those who are coming back from the afterlife according to tradition, as it was rightfully depicted in Coco.
The doll will cost $75 and will be available in September, giving us enough time to get it before the Day of the Dead, which takes place on November.
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